Dawa, the first Waodani to believe God (the Creator) had marked a trail He wanted all people to follow, has just died from complications of gallbladder surgery.
When Dayuma first went back into Waodani territory just 2 years after Dad, Roger, Jim, Pete, and Ed were speared; Dawa insisted that Dayuma carefully explain all she knew about Wangongi (the creator) and the Good Trail Itota (Jesus) had marked with His blood.
Dayuma said she would invite aunt Rachel and Jim’s wife, Elizabeth, to explain the new way of living that pleased t. Dawa insisted that Dayuma explain everything she knew about God to her. She said that if Dayuma and the two foreigners did not return, she would teach her people about this new way of living that Wangongi saw well.
It was Kimo, Dawa’s husband, who built a house for aunt Rachel to live in, that the other Waodani warriors said would be his grave (as seen in End of the Spear).
Dawa was my tribal grandmother. Not many people will mourn her death, but she was a key figure in the Waodani / Auca story that has impacted millions of Christ followers for over 60 years.