Traci Sorell (Cherokee Nation)
Weshoyot Alvitre (Tongva/Scots-Gaelic)
Inspired by the true story of Ola Mildred “Millie” Rexroat, a WWII Native woman pilot, this is the tale of a family, separated by duty and distance, waiting in their home at the base of a mountain for their loved one to return from war. We see both the family at home, comforting each other, and the pilot in her plane, hoping for peace and to be reunited with her family. The threads of the grandmother’s weaving link the family together in Alvitre’s illustrations.
In circular prose, the story shows the bonds between family members and the support they offer one another, and also celebrates the traditions (such as weaving and cooking) that sustain the family as they wait.