Books That Inspire 2009

She Had Some Horses
Joy Harjo

She Had Some Horses by Joy Harjo is a book of prose that speaks for an oft hidden voice in American society, that of the American Indian woman and her struggle to gain balance with the strains of motherhood, marriage, tribal/cultural/community responsibilities, and the layers of surviving as an American. Intimate experiences of birth, relationships, and death are expressed through Harjo’s poetic voice reaching to the universal and beyond racial divides. Woven from words, this blanket of knowing wraps around each reader, reaching into those quiet places where we shelter ourselves. In reading it, we are warmed and bolstered against the cold of isolation. Sharing these words strengthens the role of the Indigenous woman as part of the American cultural fabric.

Heather Ahtone
Research Associate
ConocoPhillips School of Geology and Geophysics