Mary Brave Bird grew up fatherless in a one-room cabin, without running water or electricity, on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota. Rebelling against the aimless drinking, punishing missionary school, narrow strictures for women, and violence and hopeless of reservation life, she joined the new movement of tribal pride sweeping Native ...Read MoreMary Brave Bird grew up fatherless in a one-room cabin, without running water or electricity, on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota. Rebelling against the aimless drinking, punishing missionary school, narrow strictures for women, and violence and hopeless of reservation life, she joined the new movement of tribal pride sweeping Native American communities in the sixties and seventies. Mary eventually married Leonard Crow Dog, the American Indian Movement's chief medicine man, who revived the sacred but outlawed Ghost Dance. Originally published in 1990, "Lakota Woman" was a national best seller and winner of the American Book Award. It is a unique document, unparalleled in American Indian literature, a story of death, of determination against all odds, of the cruelties perpetuated against American Indians, and of the Native American struggle for rights. Working with Richard Erdoes, one of the twentieth century's leading writers on Native American affairs, Brave Bird recounts her difficult upbringing and the path of her fascinating life.Read Less
The book Lakota Woman brings to light how badly the Indians were treated. It's a nice part of our Bad history of the settling of the west.
Rita M H
Jan 6, 2011
Had to read this for a college course. There are certainly Native American rights which have been abused and many of them are covered in this book. Rather than clearly stating what these facts are, the writer wastes her pages on conjecture and opinion. There are certainly enough abuses in this book to be concerned about but much of it is written in a style that becomes whining. For instance, she bemoans that the white man will not let the Indians live in peace in a teepee on their own lands. Then speaks of living in a small "shack" without running water or a toilet. It's a lesson in contradictions and makes me somewhat ashamed of my own Native heritage.
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