Being Dakota: Tales and Traditions of the Sisseton and Wahpeton

Being Dakota: Tales and Traditions of the Sisseton and Wahpeton

by Amos E. Oneroad
     
 

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At the Beginning of the Twentieth Century, a few members of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Dakota community in northeastern South Dakota worked quietly to preserve the customs and stories of their ancestors in the face of federal government suppression and the opposition of organized religion. Amos E. Oneroad, a son of one of those families, was educated in traditional Dakota… See more details below

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At the Beginning of the Twentieth Century, a few members of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Dakota community in northeastern South Dakota worked quietly to preserve the customs and stories of their ancestors in the face of federal government suppression and the opposition of organized religion. Amos E. Oneroad, a son of one of those families, was educated in traditional Dakota ways and then sent east, where he obtained a college education and eventually became a Presbyterian minister. For most of his life, he moved in two worlds. By fortunate coincidence, he met Alanson B. Skinner, a student of anthropology and kindred soul, in New York City. The two men formed a bond both personal and professional, collaborating on anthropological studies in various parts of the United States. The project closest to Oneroad's heart was the collection and preservation of the stories and traditions of the Sisseton and Wahpeton. Oneroad wrote down the stories and gave them to Skinner. The men intended to polish the resulting manuscript and publish it, but Skinner's untimely death in 1925 thwarted their plans.

Oneroad and Skinner collected descriptions of everyday life, including material culture, tribal organization, and ceremonies that marked the individual's passage from birth to death. Several of the folk tales relate the exploits of Iktomi, the trickster, in rare, early, unexpurgated versions. Others tell of adventures of such figures as the Child of Love, Star Born, and the Mysterious Turtle.

Laura L. Anderson found the neglected manuscript among Skinner's papers in a California library and has edited it for publication. Being Dakota succeeds in fulfilling its authors' original intent by conveying these long-ago stories and traditions to the children and grandchildren and being true to Amos Oneroad's voice

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780873514538
Publisher:
Minnesota Historical Society Press
Publication date:
05/09/2003
Pages:
260
Product dimensions:
6.25(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.10(d)

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