American Indian Stories, Legends, and Other Writings [NOOK Book]

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Zitkala-Sa wrestled with the conflicting influences of American Indian and white culture throughout her life. Raised on a Sioux reservation, she was educated at boarding schools that enforced assimilation and was witness to major events in white-Indian relations in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Tapping her troubled personal history, Zitkala-Sa created stories that illuminate the tragedy and complexity of the American Indian experience. In evocative prose laced with political savvy, she forces new thinking about...
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Overview

Zitkala-Sa wrestled with the conflicting influences of American Indian and white culture throughout her life. Raised on a Sioux reservation, she was educated at boarding schools that enforced assimilation and was witness to major events in white-Indian relations in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Tapping her troubled personal history, Zitkala-Sa created stories that illuminate the tragedy and complexity of the American Indian experience. In evocative prose laced with political savvy, she forces new thinking about the perceptions, assumptions, and customs of both Sioux and white cultures and raises issues of assimilation, identity, and race relations that remain compelling today.


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101157312
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 2/25/2003
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 540,053
  • File size: 410 KB

Meet the Author

Zitkala-Sa (1876–1938) was born Gertrude Simmons at the Yankton Reservation in South Dakota. Writer, teacher, and activist, she was editor of American Indian Magazine and founder of the National Council of American Indians, the tribal
advocacy group that she led until her death.



Cathy N. Davidson teaches English at Duke University, where she is Vice Provost for Interdisciplinary Studies.


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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Suggestions for Further Reading
Chronology
A Note on the Texts
I Old Indian Legends
Preface 5
Iktomi and the Ducks 7
Iktomi's Blanket 13
Iktomi and the Muskrat 16
Iktomi and the Coyote 19
Iktomi and the Fawn 22
The Badger and the Bear 27
The Tree-Bound 33
Shooting of the Red Eagle 39
Iktomi and the Turtle 42
Dance in a Buffalo Skull 45
The Toad and the Boy 47
Iya, the Camp-Eater 51
Manstin, the Rabbit 56
The Warlike Seven 61
II American Indian Stories
Impressions of an Indian Childhood 68
The School Days of an Indian Girl 87
An Indian Teacher Among Indians 104
The Great Spirit 114
The Soft-Hearted Sioux 118
The Trial Path 127
A Warrior's Daughter 132
A Dream of Her Grandfather 141
The Widespread Enigma Concerning Blue-Star Woman 143
America's Indian Problem 155
III Selections from American Indian Magazine
The Indian's Awakening 164
A Year's Experience in Community Service Work Among the Ute Tribe of Indians 168
The Red Man's America 173
Chipeta, Widow of Chief Ouray with a Word About a Deal in Blankets 175
A Sioux Woman's Love for Her Grandchild 179
Editorial Comment 181
Indian Gifts to Civilized Man 184
Secretary's Report in Brief 187
Editorial Comment 191
America, Home of the Red Man 193
The Coronation of Chief Powhatan Retold 196
Letter to the Chiefs and Headmen of the Tribes 199
Editorial Comment 201
Editorial Comment 207
An Indian Praying on the Hilltop 212
Address by the Secretary-Treasurer, Society of American Indians Annual Convention 213
IV Poetry, Pamphlets, Essays, and Speeches
Side by Side 222
A Ballad 227
Iris of Life 234
A Protest Against the Abolition of the Indian Dance 235
The Menace of Peyote 239
Americanize the First American 242
Bureaucracy Versus Democracy 245
A Dakota Ode to Washington 247
California Indian Trails and Prayer Trees 250
Lost Treaties of the California Indians 254
The California Indians of Today 258
Heart to Heart Talk 261
Explanatory Notes 265
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