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Honor the Grandmothers: Dakota and Lakota Women Tell Their Stories [Paperback]

Item : Honor the Grandmothers: Dakota and Lakota Women Tell Their Stories [Paperback]
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Author Author : Penman, Sarah
ISBN-10 ISBN-10 : 0873513851
ISBN-13 ISBN-13 : 9780873513852
Publisher Publisher : Minnesota Historical Society Press
Pages Pages : 153
Binding Binding : Paperback
Item ID : 100007600

In this poignant collection of oral histories, four Indian elders recount their life stories in their own quiet but uncompromising words. Growing up and living in Minnesota and the Dakotas, Stella Pretty Sounding Flute and Iola Columbus (Dakota) and Celane Not Help Him and Cecelia Hernandez Montgomery (Lakota) share recollections of early family life interrupted by years at government boarding schools designed to eradicate tribal culture. Recounting their complex lives, the grandmothers reveal how they survived difficult circumstances to become activists in Indian politics, reconciling urban with reservation life and Christianity with native spirituality. Particularly memorable is one grandmother's detailed family account of the tragic events and consequences of the Wounded Knee Massacre of 1890.

Defying stereotypes, these clear and forthright voices are unforgettable. As the traditional teachers and bearers of culture, the grandmothers also share their concern for future generations. The four oral histories presented in this attractive volume pay homage to elder women who quietly serve as community and political activists within the Lakota-Dakota Nation. . . Recommended. --Library Journal

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