Though I was reluctant to be born, I was attracted by the music. I had plans. I was entrusted with carrying voices, songs, and stories to grow and release into the world, to be of assistance and inspiration. These were my responsibility. I am not special. It is this way for everyone. We enter into a family story, and then other stories based on tribal clans, on tribal towns, and nations, lands, countries, planetary systems, and universes. Yet we each have our own individual soul story to tend.
—CRAZY BRAVE, a memoir by Joy Harjo