DOUBLE DOLL – Turning Myself Upside Down
She was only eight when the author received a rag doll with a Navajo face and body on one end, an Anglo on the other. This doll became a symbol of her journey into the world of the Navajo and the manifestation of a childhood prayer, “Please God, turn me upside down and make me an Indian.”
Double Doll, Book I of her Memoir Trilogy is a glimpse into the contemporary Navajo world through the eyes and heart of Sharleen Daugherty—an ordinary woman who embarked on a journey into the unknown and, through the writing of this book, began to embrace her soul's purpose. This book, the first of the trilogy, begins Daugherty’s transformation. Her “being” is unraveled by the quiet unassuming Navajo women who then returned it whole, like the weavings they repair when hózhóní (balance and harmony) must be restored.
About Sharleen Daugherty (Albuquerque, New Mexico Author)
Sharleen Daugherty grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She left the Land of Enchantment in 1959 to pursue her education and career as a computer applications consultant. Sharleen held a variety of jobs on the East Coast that ultimately led to owning and managing Business Systems Solutions, Inc. By 1994 Daugherty had sold her computer consulting business, moved to Colorado, and started the Durango Trading Company. In 2005 Daugherty received an’ MFA in Creative Nonfiction Writing from Goucher College in Towson, Maryland and began to write about her experiences with the Navajo people.
Her publications include: "Double Doll: Turning My Life Upside Down", the first book in a memoir trilogy; essays in the anthologies, "Voices of New Mexico" and "Voices of New Mexico, Too"; a 2004 Navajo Nation Museum catalog, "Men Who Weave"; and an article, "Navajo Weaving: Alive and Well" in the April 5, 1999 edition of "Home Furnishings News". In 2006 she founded a program called "Literacy Alive" with a commitment to promote the love of reading and writing among children and young adults throughout southwestern New Mexico and the Navajo Reservation. This program has published the anthologies, "Young Voices of Silver City" and "Literacy Alive: Young Voices of Silver City, 2014".
Sharleen currently lives with her husband and two dogs in Silver City, New Mexico.