Lost Bird of Wounded Knee: Spirit of the Lakota

Lost Bird of Wounded Knee: Spirit of the Lakota

by Renee Sansom Flood
     
 

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"In December 1890 the U.S. Seventh Cavalry massacred a band of Lakota men, women, and children at Wounded Knee, South Dakota. Miraculously, after a four-day blizzard, an infant was found alive under th"See more details below

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"In December 1890 the U.S. Seventh Cavalry massacred a band of Lakota men, women, and children at Wounded Knee, South Dakota. Miraculously, after a four-day blizzard, an infant was found alive under th"

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In July 1991, the Pine Ridge Wounded Knee Survivors Association returned the remains of Zintkala Nuni (Lost Bird) from an unmarked grave in California to her South Dakota homeland. Former social worker Flood, who was instrumental in the relocation, has written a well-documented, powerful and chilling story of Lost Bird's brief life. One of the few survivors of the massacre, the infant was taken by Gen. Leonard Colby to be raised as a white child. Colby, a Nebraska lawyer, hoped to represent Indian claims; his wife, Clara, was an active suffragette who spent half of every year in Washington. Lost Bird was a lonely child confused by her identity-a nonwhite physically, a non-Indian socially. She was sexually abused by Colby, had two disastrous marriages, contracting syphilis in one, and was ultimately rejected by her tribe. Lost Bird spent some time with Wild West shows, drifted into prostitution and died an outcast at the age of 30. Flood's narrative grippingly illustrates the clash between Indian and white cultures. Photos not seen by PW. (July)
Booknews
A biographical history of Zintkala Nuni (Lost Bird), an infant who survived the massacre of Wounded Knee and was adopted by General Leonard Colby who held her up as his war trophy and later abused her. His courageous wife, suffragist leader Clara B. Colby, divorced her husband and attempted to raise the Lakota child alone. This thoroughly-researched account of Lost Bird's short life provides insight into the lives of indigenous people at the time, as well as exploring racism and the suffrage movement. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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ISBN-13:
9780306808227
Publisher:
Da Capo Press
Publication date:
03/28/1998
Edition description:
1 DA CAPO
Pages:
392
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

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