Ohitika Woman

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The dramatic, brutally honest, and ultimately triumphant sequel to the bestselling American Book Award winner Lakota Woman, this book continues Mary Brave Bird's courageous story of life as a Native American in a white-dominated society.
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Overview

The dramatic, brutally honest, and ultimately triumphant sequel to the bestselling American Book Award winner Lakota Woman, this book continues Mary Brave Bird's courageous story of life as a Native American in a white-dominated society.
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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)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802143396
  • Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/27/2009
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 432,406
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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