Chi-Chi's Song is the story of a six-year-old girl's journey on the ‘Trail of Tears’, the march of five Native American tribes from their homes to the newly-acquired and largely unsettled... More > lands west of the Mississippi River. Treachery, deception and betrayal forged the way that would lead to the uprooting of thousands of people unfortunate enough to be at the wrong place and at the wrong time of America’s Western Expansion. Prejudice and the fever for land and gold gave the American government the final impetus to take with impunity that which others already had; and regard, largely with indifference, the Natives’ suffering as their own ‘fault’ for being non-White and less powerful.
But this book is intended neither as an indictment nor as an official documentation. It is merely a historical semi-fiction: the story of a little girl’s happiness and fears, her life and death, and how she finally received the song that allowed her spirit to rest happily in the spirit lands.< Less
A girl headed for college reviews her life experiences and family history. She reflects on three generations of her multicultural family and the impact of societal changes, particularly the civil... More > rights issue. Set in Washington, DC and Richmond, VA, this fictionalized memoir addresses issues of depression, alcoholism, violence, faith, religion, the plight of women and everyday living in a changing world.< Less