Lakota Storytelling: Black Elk, Ella Deloria, and Frank Fools Crow

Lakota Storytelling: Black Elk, Ella Deloria, and Frank Fools Crow

by Julian Rice
     
 

Lakota Storytelling interprets transcriptions and translations of Lakota (Sioux) autobiography, oral narrative, and oratory in the context of published ethnography and from the perspective of literary criticism. Separate chapters examine various expressions of Black Elk, especially the unedited interviews exclusive of Black Elk Speaks. Also discussed

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Lakota Storytelling interprets transcriptions and translations of Lakota (Sioux) autobiography, oral narrative, and oratory in the context of published ethnography and from the perspective of literary criticism. Separate chapters examine various expressions of Black Elk, especially the unedited interviews exclusive of Black Elk Speaks. Also discussed are representative stories from Ella Deloria's Dakota Texts and the oratory of Frank Fools Crow. The transcribed texts are closely read to reveal symbolic patterns which evoke Lakota history, customs, and ceremonies. Two themes predominate: kinship relations among the people and to the spirits, and cultural survival as an historical phenomenon in the face of governmental repression.

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«Julian Rice's attention to cultural detail, combined with his abilities as a literary critic, results in a method of narrative interpretation which builds toward that analytic moment when technique serves as a passport, allowing one to cross cultural boundaries.» (Elaine A. Jahner, Dartmouth College)
«...this volume represents a giant step in demonstrating that there is indeed a classical poetic tradition native to this continent complete with a fully developed scheme of poetics. Rice's analyses of Sioux narratives rank with those of the best of an emerging group of critics who are succeeding in determining the range and depth of that tradition. His understanding of how the stories function within the context of Lakota society marks that tribe's unique contribution to the poetry of tribal America, especially as it is preserved in the testimony of such great Sioux visionaries as Black Elk and Frank Fools Crow. 'Lakota Storytelling' adds an important chapter in the growing record of what comes out of the Native American community of cultures.» (Paul G. Zolbrod, Allegheny College)
«...a useful sourcebook ... it rescues Indian stories from both the threat of being treated as either anthropological relics or jealously guarded talismans of Indian cultural nationalists. Instead, Rice provides a balanced narrative that helps us all understand the background of Sioux culture and our own common humanity.» (T.F. Schilz, Great Plains Quarterly)
«For those scholars and teachers committed to bringing Native literatures into their work and their classrooms, Julian Rice's careful treatment of several Lakota stories ... will be an important vehicle. ... By using 'the familiar and established close-reading method of criticism, augmented by historical, societal, and ritual description', Rice allows those who are unfamiliar with the most recent theoretical developments in the study of orature to read at a level with which they are familiar, as well as giving the contextual sense necessary for more experienced scholars. This is an important textual ally in the growing body of work on Native American orature.» (Renae Moore Bredin, Western American Literature)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780820407746
Publisher:
Lang, Peter Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date:
10/01/1988
Series:
American University Studies Series: Series 21: Regional Studies, #3
Pages:
252

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