Women & Warriors of the Plains

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In 1906 there arrived at Lame Deer, Montana, on the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation, a petite, teenage bride named Julia Tuell. With her school-master husband she would live among the Cheyennes, then briefly among the Sac and Fox tribe in Oklahoma and finally (for more than a decade) with the Lakota (Sioux) on the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota. Realizing the fleeting beauty of Plains Indian culture, a beauty fading before her eyes, Julia chose for her constant companion an 8 x 10 Kodak camera and ...
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In 1906 there arrived at Lame Deer, Montana, on the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation, a petite, teenage bride named Julia Tuell. With her school-master husband she would live among the Cheyennes, then briefly among the Sac and Fox tribe in Oklahoma and finally (for more than a decade) with the Lakota (Sioux) on the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota. Realizing the fleeting beauty of Plains Indian culture, a beauty fading before her eyes, Julia chose for her constant companion an 8 x 10 Kodak camera and indelibly preserved on its glass plates the treasures in this book. During the first three decades of the twentieth century, warriors who had fought General Custer still lived. Women who had sheltered and nourished their children among the darkest days of Plains Indian life still survived. The most sacred religious ceremonies of the tribes, the Sun Dance and the Massaum, were still regularly practiced (when reservation officials allowed it). Julia Tuell understood that all facets of Plains Indian culture were precious and endangered, so she photographed both the mundane and the magnificent, both day-to-day tasks such as food preparation and striking portraits of chiseled faces that exude character.
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KLIATT
In 1901, at the age of 16, Julia Toops married P. V. Tuell, a schoolmaster in the government service that staffed the schools of the Indian reservations. By 1906 she had acquired an Eastman Kodak camera with which over the next two decades she photographed both the ceremonial and daily life of the Northern Cheyenne and the Lakota Sioux in Montana and South Dakota. This book has a twofold value. Just as Tuell's photographs of the Cheyenne and Lakota are uniquely revealing of their way of life in the early 20th century, the carefully researched text by Aadland, a Montana secondary school teacher, provides detailed commentary on the tribes and their cultures. Tuell had the opportunity to photograph both a Sioux Sun Dance and the Cheyenne Massaum (Animal Dance) ceremony, rituals sacred to the tribes but discouraged and often forbidden by the government. While his book is intended as a tribute to Tuell's photography, Aadland has written it with his students in mind. The book is rich in cultural material and, although it has no index, the end notes and bibliographical suggestions are extremely helpful for further reading. KLIATT Codes: JSA—Recommended for junior and senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2000, Mountain Press, 182p, illus, notes, bibliog, 24cm, 00-036063, $18.00. Ages 13 to adult. Reviewer: Patricia A. Moore; Academic Resource Ctr., Emmanuel College, Boston, MA (retired), November 2000 (Vol. 34 No. 6)
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Women and Warriors of the Plains features the pioneer photography of Julia E. Tuell, whose black and white photos documented Native American women's lives and times. The Tuells lived among the Sioux from 1912 to 1929, with Julia using her photography to document their rapidlychanging way of life. Her photos are both artistic and historically important documents of early Sioux women's lives.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780878424177
  • Publisher: Mountain Press Publishing Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/28/2002
  • Pages: 182
  • Age range: 9 years
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2009

    Excellent resource book on Indian Women

    This book provides much information and photos of the Plains Indians. The photography is by Julia E. Tuell. She lived with the people and recorded the facts.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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