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Ohitika Woman
     

Ohitika Woman

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by Mary Brave Bird, Richard Erdoes (With), Mary Crow Dog
 

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Ohitika Woman might be the nonfiction find of the year.” —Houston Chronicle
The beloved sequel to the now-classic Lakota Woman, Ohitika Woman follows Mary Brave Bird as she continues her powerful, dramatic tale of ancient glory and present anguish, of courage and despair, of magic and mystery, and, above all, of the

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Ohitika Woman might be the nonfiction find of the year.” —Houston Chronicle
The beloved sequel to the now-classic Lakota Woman, Ohitika Woman follows Mary Brave Bird as she continues her powerful, dramatic tale of ancient glory and present anguish, of courage and despair, of magic and mystery, and, above all, of the survival of both body and mind. Coming home from Wounded Knee in 1973, married to American Indian movement leader Leonard Crow Dog, Mary was a mother with the hope of a better life. But, as she says, “Trouble always finds me.” With brutal frankness she bares her innermost thoughts, recounting the dark as well as the bright moments in her always eventful life. She not only talks about the stark truths of being a Native American living in a white-dominated society but also addresses the experience of being a mother, a woman, and, rarest of all, a Sioux feminist. Filled with contrasts, courage, and endurance, Ohitika Woman is a powerful testament to Mary’s will and spirit.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Sequel to the bestseller Lakota Woman (Brave Bird was then known as Mary Crow Dog), this candid memoir by a forceful feminist Native American should please fans despite redundancies and meanderings. ``Ohitika'' means ``brave'' in Lakota, and Brave Bird, a 36-year-old grandmother, fulfills that appellation in recounting the peripatetic life she led after 1977, when her first book concluded. Writing with Erdoes ( The Pueblo Indians ), she devotes chapters to the peyote-using Native American Church, to the rituals of a Lakota sweat lodge and to the Sioux's fight for ancestral lands; but the book centers on her personal struggle against alcohol abuse. Though life with her former husband Leonard Crow Dog brought his ``half-breed'' wife to her roots and to political activism, the couple grew antagonistic, and she took refuge in drink. Even during her 1991 book tour she went on binges; a suicide by an alcoholic friend finally led her to abstinence. She got married in 1991 and returned with her husband to the ``res''--the reservation--in South Dakota. Photos not seen by PW . (Sept.)
Booknews
Mary Crow Dog now uses a new name, Mary Brave Bird; but CIP shows the former name, perhaps to connect this work with her previous book, Lakota Woman, a national bestseller and American Book Award winner. Co-writer Erdoes helps her continue to tell the eventful story of her life--filled with struggle, strength, and commitment to her people and to women. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802143396
Publisher:
Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Publication date:
01/27/2009
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
364,543
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)

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