Monday, September 6, 2010

Brave Heart Women’s Society


Brave Heart Women's Society from The Kitchen Sisters on Vimeo.

“I was part of the first group who went through this Isnati coming-of-age ceremony 13 years ago,” Brook recalls. Brook’s mother, Faith Spotted Eagle, is one of the women who re-established the Brave Hearts. With American and European contact many such societies and ceremonies have been lost over the last 100 years. In 1994, Faith and the Brave Hearts interviewed grandmas from three states about what they remembered of the Isnati coming of age ceremony.

“In the old days,” Faith Spotted Eagle says, “as soon as a girl had her first moon, her menses, she would immediately be isolated from the rest of the camp and begin a four-day ceremony where she was taught by other women. So we symbolically set up one camp a year and have the girls come in for four days.”

More information at:
Brave Heart Women’s Society
NPR - Four Days, Nights: A Girls' Coming-Of-Age Ceremony
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