National Geographic Society: Washington, D.C., 2010.
The story starts lyrically, describing the tribal community in which Betty Mae Jumper was raised, with a traditional Native American storytelling style. The illustrations are vibrant and rich with a similar, dreamy feel to them. The story moves quickly towards a more biographical tone.
I had not heard about Betty Mae Jumper before, despite her achievements and awards. She grew up in a tribal community in Florida in the 1920s, begged to be allowed to go to school, and because of her multilingual abilities was able to bring medical treatment to Native Americans in Florida. She became a tribal leader in the 1960s and co-started a Seminole newspaper. Despite her obvious age, she also uses the internet. She sounds like an amazing woman and more informatoion can be found through the book and www.semtribe.com and seminolenation.com.
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