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Native is about identity, soul-searching, and the never-ending journey of finding ourselves and finding God. As both a citizen of the Potawatomi Nation and a Christian, Kaitlin Curtice offers a unique perspective on these topics. In this book, she shows how reconnecting with her Potawatomi identity both informs and challenges her faith.

Curtice draws on her personal journey, poetry, imagery, and stories of the Potawatomi people to address themes at the forefront of today's discussions of faith and culture in a positive and constructive way. She encourages us to embrace our own origins and to share and listen to each other's stories so we can build a more inclusive and diverse future. 

Each of our stories matters for the church to be truly whole. As Curtice shares what it means to experience her faith through the lens of her Indigenous heritage, she reveals that a vibrant spirituality has its origins in identity, belonging, and a sense of place.

©2020 Kaitlin B. Curtice (P)2020 eChristian

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Thank you Kaitlin Curtice for this book.

I listened to this book as an audiobook and the intimacy of hearing it narrated by Kaitlin made what was a wonderful, strong, convicting book even better. I would recommend this for anyone, Christian and non, who is interested and invested in this important work of learning about and working to heal the deep wounds of the past.

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Profound, honest and sobering!

This was a serendipitous read! So timely for where I am in my own journey of deconstruction, decolonization and healing healing. This is akin to Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer but told more from a church position. Great narration and beautifully written, this is one I will read again and again.

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  • Shannon N.
  • 2020-05-21

So so so GOOD!

Worth the credit/cash and then some. Well-written/spoken, organized, thoughtful, calls you out but in a way that's constructive and leaves you in a better place than you came to it. She doesn't just point out problems, her insight leads to ways to connect, understand, grow, and heal. I think this is a book her kids are going to be able to look back on and treasure. I also think this is going in my yearly circulation to revisit and look at myself in its mirror again.

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  • Perla Moreno
  • 2020-09-07

Really intense

I really liked this book, however, if you are a BIPOC who has been traumatized by evangelical Christianity you will be triggered. It was hard for me to listen to this because I have experienced a lot of what she talks about. I had to take breaks to cry. I got really angry and had to stop reading at other times. But it’s really good and necessary to hear whether you’re BIPOC or not especially right now in 2020. However some people may not be ready to confront all the things this book so eloquently calls out.

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  • Mark & Aubrey
  • 2020-06-29

Honest and meaningful

I don’t know if I have the words to adequately describe the beauty of Kaitlin’s words. I can say she taught me a lot about what it means to be an indigenous woman and how I as a Christian can better honor her.

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  • Jmcbray
  • 2020-10-04

Wonderful and helpful and hopeful

Kaitlin Curtis writes a book that is both her own journey and a journey we all need to undertake. I find her writing wonderful and helpful and hopeful. Thank you.

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  • A RM
  • 2020-10-04

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This is beautiful & challenging. This book is a gift for anyone. Highly recommended.

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  • Deepjyot
  • 2020-09-20

fascinating book

learned so much. really appreciated the writing and the insights. highly recommended! thank you, kaitlin!