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Book Review: Muscogee Daughter

By Sandy Amazeen Jul 7, 2010, 6:41 GMT

Book Review: Muscogee Daughter

How American is Miss America? For Susan Supernaw, a Muscogee (Creek) and Munsee Native American, the question wasn\'t just academic. Throughout a childhood clouded by poverty, alcoholism, and abuse, Supernaw sought escape in school and dance and the Native American Church. She became a presidential scholar, won a scholarship to college, and was crowned Miss Oklahoma in 1971. Supernaw might not have won the Miss America pageant that year, but ...more

This engrossing story chronicles the early years of Susan Supernaw as she worked to become Miss Oklahoma of 1971 and went on to compete in the Miss America pageant. While growing up a Muscogee-Creek and Munsee Native American, Susan experienced poverty, the ravages of alcoholism and abuse, first at the hands of her indifferent father and later, from her stepfather. While recovering from a severe fall from her horse, Susan met her spirit guide who blessed her with her true name. Upon awakening, Susan strived to overcome paralysis while beginning her quest to earn that name. Through her studies at school, Susan began acquiring some much needed self-esteem while a couple of mentors with the Native American Church began steering her spiritual journey. An abject lesson from her mother set Susan on course to compete for the Miss Oklahoma title and a number of life lessons along the way that culminated in finally earning her true name.

Supernaw avoids the trap of sounding whiney as she recounts her many difficulties growing up as her inner strength, resilience and self-reliance take precedence in the storytelling. While recounting her journey to compete for the Miss America crown, Susan remains focused on what is most important and never forgets the many people who helped her along the way. This is a charming story of perseverance and spiritual growth.

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