by Danica Anderson PhD (Author), Erin Hilleary (Illustrator), Connie Simpson (Illustrator)
This book will divulge how trauma erases the female-based community and culture that once forged an immense socio-psychological peaceful collective in Neolithic and Paleolithic Europe. In the face of modern day territorial warfare, South Slavic women possess a powerful, yet often neglected, tool that has the potential to heal grief-stricken communities around the world. The women’s stories represent more than the pale slips of paper found in interdisciplinary works of research; they are undervalued narratives, which many academic and medical experts consider to be nothing more than first-person accounts that offer little to the empirical community.
Daughter of Serbian refugees, her Mother survived WWII Jasenovac concentration camp setting the stage for her research into gendered violence and trauma impacts.. Danica Anderson's doctorate in clinical psychology concentration in somatic psychology partnered her global work and experiences which is terms as a poetic college. A Psycho-social Gender Victims Expert with the International Criminal Court since 2005, she has accrued extensive knowledge of Sub-Sahara Africa. Since March 1999, Dr. Anderson developed the Kolo Trauma impact format from her work with Bosnian Muslim Female war crimes and war survivors. Centered on women's oral memory traditions and women as major caregivers, the depth and breadth of her work the kolo trauma treatment empowers women to remember they create culture and are the healers of their global communities-societies where women and children are not invisible or erased.
“Everything about the stories and the presentation of this book is meaningful and beautiful. It's hard to describe, but there is something in it for everyone. Glad to have purchased it and to have learned from its eyes.”
— Stacey Curtis
“Danica is one of my sheroes. I'll be using the book in a fall class.”
“Blood and Honey (the Secret Herstory of Women, South Slavic Women’s Experiences in a Modern Day Territorial Warfare), by Danica Anderson The author’s witnessing presence-- allowing women’s war and rape stories to be told in the first person without censoring (a microscopic approach); her direct participation in the Kolo Dance circle, standing shoulder to shoulder with victims of war crimes in non-verbal story-telling movement (a macroscopic approach); and partaking and sharing of healing indigenous foods: These are Danica Anderson’s (and her Balkan sisters’) three tools to process out violent intergenerational trauma perpetrated against women.”
— Elaine dolan
“I found this amazing book while researching women and war in Bosnia as part of an ongoing investigation of family legacy. I was so taken with Dr. Anderson's approach that I asked her to do an interview with me on my blog, Gender Assignment. From that interview, which I based on reading the book: On a quest to connect my grandmother and Zejna, the Bosnian refugee we sponsored together in the 90s—I am sure not by accident—I discovered the work of Dr. Danica Anderson, author of Blood and Honey: The Secret Herstory of Women, South Slavic Women’s Experiences in a World of Modern-day Territorial Warfare. In this book, she explores war trauma experienced by women during the Balkan War. Through recipes, and cultural customs, Blood and Honey is a book of spells for these women to heal themselves through bioculinary* arts and biosemiotic** communication. In this beautiful interview, she brings me closer to Zejna and my grandmother, and reveals woman-centric secrets to understanding the rhythms of our subconscious. From coffee readings, to Marija Gimbutas you will love the magic, mystery and healing of this interview!”
— Melissa in Chicago