At the age of 72, the late James Wilber Walton went by himself to Yakutsk in the Sakha Republic to help address alcohol problems among Russia's indigenous peoples. Jim was a force behind the Spiritual Unity of Tribes Gatherings and was the founder of International Cross-Cultural Alcohol Program. His life and his work inspired the women who worked on the Women's Voices Project. I was honored to be able to work with Jim and be adopted through him into the Tlingit tribe. The Women's Voices Project was done in part to honor his memory and continue the work he started.
A portion of the proceeds of the sale of the book will go to help fund a women's and children's center in Yakutsk. And if we ever make a profit from the book or the film, It will be shared equally by all women who were gracious enough to be interviewed. We aren't there yet, but we aren't giving up that we will get there some day!
“The interviews in this book are amazing. I am so inspired by the lessons that have been shared.”
“I found, in this book, strength to keep on going no matter what happens in life. If these women can experience so many difficulties and go on, I can too.”
“Thank you, Susan, for being an example in your own life of someone willing to face fears and follow their dreams. I learned so much from reading this book about facing my own fears and moving forward.” "I liked how the book was organized - interviews with the women, beautiful photos and quotations. It was easy to read, but it has alot to think about. I plan to give it to my daughters!"
“I loved reading this book and wanted more!”
“After reading this book, I decided to embrace the joy of life more fully. I want to focus on the good and learn to take advantage of the days I have on this earth to do good. Thank you to all the women who shared their stories.”Thank you to all the women who shared
Sharing the Wisdom of the Grandmothers