STORYTELLING AS MEDICINE
Zongwe entered the child welfare system at the age of 8 and was a Crown Ward by 9. Her mother is one of the missing and murdered Indigenous women who lived in the downtown Eastside of Vancouver and presumed to be murdered by Robert Pickton. Zongwe shares memories of her humble past and how she manages symptoms of complex PTSD due to years of childhood neglect and abuse.
In addition to speaking on stages across Canada, Zongwe uses storytelling as medicine for the Spirit through creative non-fiction, poetry & prose. She is a Banff Centre for Arts & Creativity Alumni (Indigenous Arts Writing Program, 2021)
If a tree speaks in the forest, and no one is around to hear, does it make a sound?
Trees speak to you and trees speak to me.
Trees speak in the silence of a warm, summer afternoon.
Trees speak in the crisp, dark morning on a cold winter’s day.
Trees will speak to anyone who stops to listen.
I love to connect with Spirit in nature and the trees have always whispered softly to me.
So I sat down to listen and this is what I heard…
Please enjoy stories from the 'Family Trees'.
SHE MOVES MOUNTAINS, GCW PUBLISHING HOUSE (2021)
"Spirit Adventurer: Reclamation of an Anishinaabe Storyteller"
This first edition of the SHE Series by GCW Publishing House, opens the minds and expands the hearts of our readers, by showing you what's possible when you trust yourself to live differently. Zongwe shares her professional journey to self-reclamation and includes her poetry.
LIGHTING THE NORTH, GBR PUBLISHING HOUSE (2020)
In this anthology of feminism and cultural diversity from across the nation illustrates the diverse search for identity and belonging.
Zongwe writes a heart-felt letter to her daughter exploring how intergenerational trauma has affected their family.
*Award Finalist Non-Fiction 2020, The Canadian Book Club Awards
SHE'S NO LONGER SILENT, GBR PUBLISHING HOUSE (2020)
Daughters of Four Generations
She’s No Longer Silent is a collection of stories written by women who have found their strength and reclaimed their voices by overcoming trauma and tuning into their intuition. Zongwe's poetry explores how trauma has impacted four generation of women in her family.
*Amazon Best Seller