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True story about an American Indian girl who makes an oath that one day she will own a home without the help of either a bank or a man, both of which she learned to distrust during the Great Depression.
This is a story based on the oral history of a Choctaw Indian woman who died at age 90 a couple years ago.
Semi-Finalist CWA All Drama and Family 7-20
The story spans from the Stock Market crash of 1929 through the end of World War II. This girl, Raven, named after the smartest of birds, manages to overcome poverty, move above her grade level in Indian Schools, overcome gender and ethnic prejudice and attend an engineering college to become a Rosie the Riveter. All her life she secretly saved her money, sewing it into her clothes, so one day she can buy a house that no man or bank could ever take away from her. She does marry before the war ends, but keeps her secret until she becomes pregnant and buys a house cash and in her name. Luckily she did so, because her husband is shot in a barroom mishap.