The Healing of Natalie Curtis
Release date: September 7, 2021
“I fell in love with Natalie’s story after reading about her several years ago in Lesley Polling-Kempes’ book “Ladies of the Canyon: A League of Extraordinary Women and Their Adventures in the American Southwest.” Her story exemplifies the impact one person can have on others healing process, while also healing oneself.
Natalie’s experience as a classically trained musician and her losing her desire to perform struck me as a profound loss not unlike those many of us face today when life presents us with both a talent and a goal that eventually disappears for a variety of reasons.
The fact that she found her “voice” again through the landscapes and Indigenous people of the Southwest was such a hopeful story that I wanted to share her journey with a wide audience.
In some ways, this historical novel is a contemporary story about a woman finding her way that departs from family expectations; intertwined with discussions of cultural appropriation and the importance of the arts and stories of the American experience.
While researching and writing Natalie Curtis’ story I was transported back to my own story and the gift I received being a part of the Warm Springs Indian Reservation in Oregon for 17 years. It was very interesting and insightful to see how another white woman a century before me found her way with the help of her Native friends.”