Wilma's Way Home: The Life of Wilma Mankiller

Wilma's Way Home: The Life of Wilma Mankiller

As a child in Oklahoma, Wilma Mankiller experienced the Cherokee practice of Gadugi, helping each other, even when times were hard for everyone. But in 1956, the federal government uprooted her family and moved them to California, wrenching them from their home, friends, and traditions. Separated from her community and everything she knew, Wilma felt utterly lost until she found refuge in the Indian Center in San Francisco. There, she worked to build and develop the local Native community and championed Native political activists. She took her two children to visit tribal communities in the state, and as she introduced them to the traditions of their heritage, she felt a longing for home.

Returning to Oklahoma with her daughters, Wilma took part in Cherokee government. Despite many obstacles, from resistance to female leadership to a life-threatening accident, Wilma's courageous dedication to serving her people led to her election as the first female chief of the Cherokee Nation. As leader and advocate, she reinvigorated her constituency by empowering them to identify and solve community problems.

This beautiful addition to the Big Words series will inspire future leaders to persevere in empathy and thoughtful problem-solving, reaching beyond themselves to help those around them. Moving prose by award-winning author Doreen Rappaport is interwoven with Wilma's own words in this expertly researched biography, illustrated with warmth and vivacity by Linda Kukuk.

Title:Wilma's Way Home: The Life of Wilma Mankiller
ISBN:9781484747186

    Wilma's Way Home: The Life of Wilma Mankiller Reviews

  • Stacey

    "Wilma Mankiller represents the best of what a leader can be." She empowered, believed in, advocated for, and helped people.Prior to reading this picture book I knew little about Wilma Mankiller, but ...

  • Urbandale Library

    A very informative book yet still approachable for a young reader. I was so surprised to learn the major divides between tribal and white communities, male and female tribal roles. It was quite eye-op...

  • Meredith Spidel

    Wow! Hearing and learning the truth of our nation's history can be so very poignant--thankful for this book from Disney Books for making it real in a relatable way for our kiddos. Cheering them on for...

  • Nick

    This short book about an amazing woman is one that should be included in school and library collections. Wilma Mankiller and her family faced very modern, very understandable problems in life, but the...

  • Jen

    "Wilma and Charlie believed that the Cherokee people of Bell knew best what they needed to do to better their lives. For a year they met with them and listened to them map out what they should do firs...

  • Aliza Werner

    This biography of Wilma Mankiller, a Cherokee woman, became a courageous leader and advocate for her community and nation. Interspersed with her quotes and illustrated by Linda Kuluk, who is Choctaw, ...

  • Krissy Neddo

    I enjoyed learning about Wilma. We need more diverse books, but this one did not appeal to my students. While they were impressed with her tenacity, it was just a bit too long for a class read aloud. ...

  • Kris Dersch

    I knew the story of the takeover of Alcatraz and Wilma Mankiller being the first woman to lead the Cherokee Nation. I didn't know the Cherokee people were relocated again in the mid 20th century. To s...

  • Ann Charles

    Inspiring. Moving....

  • Bonnie

    Definitely for elementary students who are more advanced readers or to be read aloud only a few pages at a time. Too much information at one time and you will lose their interest. ...