Sioux and Their History (We the People Series)


Describes the history, culture, customs, leaders, and life today for the Dakota Native Americans.
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Describes the history, culture, customs, leaders, and life today for the Dakota Native Americans.
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Children's Literature
The Sioux, who prefer to be called the Dakota, Lakota, or Nakota, were early inhabitants of what is now northern Minnesota and Wisconsin. Battles with the Ojibwe pushed them into North and South Dakota; later wars with American soldiers forced them to live on reservations, where about half of the Sioux live today. This attractive book does a good job of covering the high points of Sioux culture and the low points of their post-European contact life in a matter-of-fact way, using plain, short sentences. The role of women in traditional Sioux culture is covered well—their tasks and accomplishments are described alongside those of the men—a nice change from books that either ignore women's roles or relegate them to their own chapter. The book includes sections about the Battle of Little Bighorn, Sun Dance ceremonies, trading with the French in the 17th century, the treaty-breaking removal of the Sioux from their holy Black Hills by the U.S. government, the Ghost Dance, and Wounded Knee. Well-chosen quotations from Black Elk and Crazy Horse illustrate the Sioux side of the story. The book has many illustrations, including a map showing "Sioux lands at time of European contact" and "Present-day Sioux Reservations." Four pages cover modern-day Sioux, from powwows and beadwork to casinos and basketball. Back matter includes a glossary, a timeline of important dates, a list of important people, and an index (but not a pronunciation guide, unfortunately). This interesting book could easily be read for pleasure; it would be a shame if it were left on a shelf until a report was due. This book is part of the "We the People" series. 2006, Compass Point Books, Ages 7 to 12.
School Library Journal
Gr 3-5-Each book begins by detailing a major historical conflict and its outcome: the Trail Where They Cried in Cherokee and the Battle of Little Big Horn in Sioux. Englar then describes the tribe's history as it relates to its geography, environment, religion, and customs before and after European contact. Discussions of major European conflicts, life today, and tribal achievements are also included. Both titles have black-and-white and color drawings and reproductions and color photos. These clearly written books are suitable for reports.-G. Alyssa Parkinson, Highland Township Library, MI Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780756512750
  • Publisher: Capstone Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2005
  • Series: Under the Sea Series
  • Pages: 24
  • Age range: 9 - 11 Years
  • Lexile: 880L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.60 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary Englar is a freelance writer and a teacher of English and creative writing. She has a master of fine arts degree in writing from Minnesota State University, and has written more than 30 nonfiction books for children. She continues to read and write about the many different cultures of our world in Minnesota.
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Table of Contents

"There Was Never a Better Day to Die" 4
Who Are the Sioux? 8
"Yonder the Buffalo Are Coming" 12
Tepees That Were "Round Like the Nests of Birds" 16
The Great Mystery 22
"We Did Not Ask You White Men to Come Here" 25
"A People's Dream Died There" 32
The Sioux Today 38
Glossary 42
Did You Know? 43
Important Dates 44
Important People 45
Want to Know More? 46
Index 48
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