We Who Walk the Seven Ways

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We Who Walk the Seven Ways

A Memoir

Terra Trevor

232 pages

Paperback

May 2023

978-1-4962-3518-3

$21.95 Pre-order

About the Book

We Who Walk the Seven Ways is Terra Trevor’s memoir about seeking healing and finding belonging. After she endured a difficult loss, a circle of Native women elders embraced and guided Trevor (Cherokee, Lenape, Seneca, and German) through the seven cycles of life in Indigenous ways. Over three decades, these women lifted her from grief, instructed her in living, and showed her how to age from youth into beauty.

With tender honesty, Trevor explores how every end is always a beginning. Her reflections on the deep power of women’s friendship, losing a child, reconciling complicated roots, and finding richness in every stage of life show that being an American Indian with a complex lineage is not about being part something, but about being part of something.

Author Bio

Terra Trevor is a professional writer with forty years of experience. She is a contributor to fifteen books and is the author of numerous essays and articles. Her first memoir is Pushing Up the Sky: A Mother’s Story.

Praise

“Raised to conceal her Native ancestry, Terra Trevor learns from elders to nurture her mixed blood identity and shape her activism in transracial adoption, Indian health and education, and community building. This is an inspiring, heartfelt memoir of one Native woman’s spirit journey from childhood to her own elderhood.”—Robert Bensen, editor of Children of the Dragonfly: Native American Voices on Child Custody and Education

“This poignant memoir touches on the trials and tribulations of Terra Trevor, a mixed blood American Indian straddling two races. It’s a book you won’t be able to put down, written with simplicity, grace, and urgency, transcending any expectations. In spite of many obstacles, Trevor is a woman of unimaginable strength and courage. After not being heard as a child, she thankfully found her voice as a writer, and how lucky we are!”—Diana Raab, author of Regina’s Closet and Writing for Bliss

“The book’s insights are fascinating, and there is a feeling of authenticity throughout. Terra Trevor confronts big (and often tragic) life events with humility and real wisdom. She not only describes how she makes her way through those events but does so in a very pragmatic way. Additionally, the work incorporates a powerful look at the intersections between gender, race, and culture. This is an important story, beautifully told and extremely relevant for these difficult times.”—Margaret Randall, author of I Never Left Home: Poet, Feminist, Revolutionary

Table of Contents

Author’s Note

1. We Who Walk the Seven Ways

2. Marie

3. Ann

4. Irene

5. Mary Lou

6. Back in Those Days

7. Returning the Gift

8. The Seven Ways

9. The Way of This Daughter

10. Undocumented

11. Growing Up

12. Luke

13. Gary

14. Leaping into Womanhood

15. The Way of This Mother

16. Luke and New Mexico on My Mind

17. After the First Silent Week

18. Just Writing

19. Winter of Hope

20. The Red Ribbon Bridge

21. The Winter the Stars Fell

22. Words Facing West

23. My Years at the Shelter

24. The Winter It Came Back

25. With Nothing Ahead but Sky

26. Somewhere Southwest of the Middle

27. Coming Back to the World

28. Pushing Up the Sky

29. Growing Old in a Beautiful Way

30. Water Chores and Rituals

31. The Landscape Will Teach You Who You Are

32. Safekeeping

33. Reading, Living, and My Books

34. The Winter My Grandfather Apologized

35. River in the Blood

36. Back in Those Days in Oklahoma

37. My Mother

38. Ann, Wilma, Joy, and Me

39. My Relationship with Honesty

40. Searching for a Place to Stand

41. On the Way Home

42. The Indigenous Way of Comprehending

43. On the Medicine Trail

44. Tangled Thoughts

45. Winter Count

46. Forty-Five Winters

47. Dancing to Remember

48. Tomol Evening

49. Returning the Gift to the Sea

50. Gratitude

51. November

52. The Harvest Dinner

53. Winter of Distance

Acknowledgments

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