Sky Woman Lives In Me
Author Roberta Capasso explores the way generations of Native American children were forcibly taken from their families and subjected to the federal government’s Indian boarding school experiment in order to assimilate them. As a direct descendant of a woman victimized by this experiment, the author tells with raw emotion and diligent archival research the story of the historical and emotional bonds between her deceased relatives and herself. Like a detective cracking a murder mystery, discrepancies between the Carlisle Indian School’s accounts and a great-grandmother’s real life story are exposed, with fascinating and fortuitous twists and turns along the way. This story of her great-great-grandmother Elizabeth and her great-grandmother Sophia must be told to everyone. Becoming a voice for Oneida Turtle Clan as a descendant of Sky Woman, in the Oneida Creation Story, the author hopes to spread truth and knowledge to all cultures in a captivating narrative of a... More > tragic period in United States History< Less
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Jun 2, 2016Written from the heart, Ms. Capasso uncovers her family history and heritage through a painstaking search; the catalyst was the recollection of seeing, as a child visiting a museum, a photo of a Native American woman. The photo is next seen again at the home of her relative, and it is then that the author realizes her family's heritage. Her research and travels reveal the harsh treatment of the generations before her; the US government's attempts to "Americanize" Native Americans and force them to rid themselves of their language, clothing, land, and dignity. She describes how, as a young teenager, her great grandmother was involuntarily removed from her home and transported East to the Carlisle Boarding School, only to be farmed out to an American family as a servant shortly after arriving. The author could not be more passionate in her writings and tells of this unfortunate period in US history with insight and honesty. It is a story worth telling, and definitely worth... More > reading.< Less
May 29, 2016History not shared may be lost and its recovery is not assured. This is a story of history rediscovered, re-imagined and reclaimed. Impelled by a premonitory memory of a photograph in the Milwaukee County Museum and the discovery that the woman depicted was her great, great, grandmother, the author embarks on a multi-year quest to understand the trial and tribulations of two generations of Oneida women - a great, great grandmother who endured the forced removal of two daughters to the Carlisle Indian Industrial School, and the experiences of her great grandmother and great aunt under Carlisle authority. Well worth the read!
Feb 29, 2016Ms.Capasso's book, Sky Woman Lives in Me, is moving, funny, sad, and educational. For a large part of her life, Ms. Capasso did not accept or understand her native heritage - Native American, Oneida - as none of her relatives talked about it. Discovering a photo in a museum is her great-great-grandmother, leads Ms.Capasso to a decade-plus-long journey of research. She tells us stories of her grandmothers being forced to assimilate by the US government and being sent away to boarding school to "kill the Indian" but instead hired out to be domestic servants. Not taught in history classes or portrayed in popular cowboy and Indian movies,this book is an eye opener about a shameful past of the US government and its people against the Native Americans. Ms. Capasso shares her feelings and thoughts through out the book, which makes her story telling touch us all the more. Hats off, to Ms. Capasso for this wonderful book.
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- Roberta C Capasso (Standard Copyright License)
- February 11, 2016
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