I’m almost ready to print the book “Tokin’ Women: A 4000-Year Herstory” featuring short biographies of over 50 ganga goddesses from Ishtar to Miley Cyrus (list below). Each biography will be accompanied by a photo or illustration. See sample pages
To go into print, I need high-resolution images and I want them to be as extraordinary as these women are! I’ve found many photos in public domain, and have combed various sources and come up with prices for the images I’d like to use that require licensing.
There are two expensive photos I’d really like to use:
-Miley Cyrus smoking a joint onstage after accepting her 2013 European MTV Award in Amsterdam, and
-Sarah Silverman in her green dress at the Emmys the night she was interviewed about the vape pen in her purse.
The rights for these photos cost approximately $375 each. Angels donating this amount will get acknowledgement in the book (if desired) and 5 copies of the final book.
I found a great shot of Maya Angelou taken when she was a dancer at the Purple Onion in San Francisco. It really tells the story, and the price is $150. Whoever wants to sponsor Maya will also receive acknowledgement (if desired) and 3 copies of the final book.
I found photos of each of these women for $75:
Karen Silkwood (movie poster)
Supporters at this level will receive 2 copies of the book.
Special Note: I also found a shot of Whoopi Goldberg from The View for $75; but the one I’d most like to use is the one with her Oscar for Ghost (which she accepted after she smoked “the last of my homegrown”). The cost for that one is $315, so if there’s another Awesome Angel around who wants to upgrade Whoopi, here’s your chance.
BARGAIN HUNTER’S SPECIAL
I found some bargain shots of these ladies for only $33 each:
Sponsors for these photos will receive one copy of the book.
Tokin' Women will debut at the Sonoma WomenGrow event on September 10, so I will need to act fast! I can bill you through my PayPay account, whether or not you have PayPal (just provide your email address). Donations can also be made to:
Evangelista Sista Press
Berkeley, CA 94705
If there’s extra green energy about, I could use donations of any amount for printing and shipping costs. I will also be making the book available for pre-orders very soon. Alternatively, if anyone has photos they can donate to this project, please let me know! And if anyone is able to help promote the book, do let me know.
This work is the culmination of over 10 years of research, much of it published on this blog or at www.VeryImportantPotheads.com. My aim, as always, is to broaden our knowledge base and raise awareness. With California heading for a ballot initiative in 2016, we’ll need women’s votes now more than ever!
When I give presentations on my research, women come up to me and say, “You’ve made me feel a part of something.” Here’s a great chance for all of us to be a part of Herstory. If you’d like to know more, or set up a PayPal payment, please write firstname.lastname@example.org
The Tokin Women are:
Helen of Troy
The Queen of Sheba
Hildegarde von Bingen
Louisa May Alcott
Mary Todd Lincoln
Alice B. Toklas & Gertrude Stein
Mary Lou Williams
Mama Cass Elliot
“The known literature of women’s experiential involvement with what we today call recreational drugs can now be extended to include more famous with this new anthology of freshly discovered Tokin Women texts by an amazing blogger-sleuth.”
–Michael Horowitz, co-editor of Shaman Woman, Mainline Lady and Sisters of the Extreme
“This book by dedicated ‘herstorian’ Ellen Komp explores the use of cannabis by women throughout the ages. Readers discover that the world’s most famous women used this herb for food, fiber, and medicine, and that behind every great woman is a little bit of cannabis.”
–Debby Goldsberry, High Times Freedom Fighter of the Year (2011)