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  • Writer's pictureShameer Bismilla

My Powerful Hair


Captivating historical fiction that explores generational patterns of hair, its cultural significance, and emotional attachments. Carole Lindstrom, known for “We Are the Water Protectors,” masterfully records the true history of Native/Indigenous people without sugarcoating.



The Caldecott Gold-winning illustrations enrich the narrative, making it an ideal starting point for grades studying Native/Indigenous cultures. Lindstrom’s backmatter on the history of hair sparks emotional discussions, fostering empathy and respect for diverse experiences. The narrative subtly addresses the trauma of boarding schools, emphasizing the importance of actively recovering cultural roots. This book beautifully shares cultural insights, emphasizing the power and symbolism of hair in connecting with Mother Earth, one’s people, and life events.



Highly recommended, it navigates complex topics with grace, making it accessible for various age levels.

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