From the Author
I asked my sister to act as a consultant. I did so because I didn't want to write about the sacred things which are not supposed to be writtenabout and I wanted to write about those which I could with utmostauthenticity. I also wanted to make sure that I represented the Lakotapeople with the deepest respect and honor.
Within Cedar Woman you will find many words of the Lakota Sioux. Pronunciation andmeaning is included the first time each word is used. There are threedialects in the Lakota language and no standardized spelling. I havechosen the spelling and pronunciation of these words in keeping with the dialect of my sister, Julie Spotted Eagle Horse Martineau, who is ofthe Lakota Plains Native Americans.
Powwow is described indetail, as well as the various forms of regalia, etiquette, music, andas with any ethnic festival - the food!
My son and I haveattended the Muddy River Powwow for many years, and in doing so, havecome to know and love our adopted family; they have brought us muchjoy. This book was written to honor them.
I hope you enjoy Cedar Woman.
Toksa Ake Wakan Tanka Nici Un - Walk With God
About the Author
So when asked if I was okay withher writing the book, andif I would act as a consultant, I had to pray to decide if such aprojectshould go forward and if I felt worthy of adding my voice to such aproject. Finally I talked over my fears with Debra, my brother and"SpiritualAdvisor" Joe Red Bear, ultimately deciding to participate.
In Cedar Woman, Debra has bypassed a lot of theusual hype and BS often associated with Native culture, producing an honest,clear eyed look at who we reallyare, albeit through a fictional character. She deliberately decided to not show the darker side of our culture:something I appreciate!
I especially love how thorough she was in researching thesubject matter, and I deeply admire her dedication to giving a more realisticlook into our culture, including much of our Lakota language and several of ourfavorite recipes!
While I realize that, unless you have lived as a Native,either on or off the rez, you will nevercompletely understand what it is to be Native. I think that Debra has a prettygood handle on who and what we as Native people are really about. And,thankfully, she did not rely on just my voice alone. The resulting story is oneI am proud to say I was a part of, and I am proud to call her my "SisterBy Choice".
Hecetuwelo, mitakuye oyapi.
I havespoken, it is so. I am finished.
Mitakuye oyasin, all my relations.
JulieSpotted Eagle Horse Martineau