I was clueless when it came to the issues and suffering Native Americans faced and Zitkala-Sa was very insightful when it came to sharing her hardships. In school, we are all taught the narrative of the Euro-Americans who disrupted the Native American's way of life, but probably most of us don't know the Native American's story, and their voices deserve to be heard. Zitkala-Sa uses her voice to share her story in this brilliant collection.
Feb 02, Lauren Rogers rated it it was amazing. Her stories entail her experiences growing up on a Sioux Reservation, attending an American Indian boarding school, and her transition into adulthood. Zitkala-Sa encourages readers to consider the additional challenges that come with being a Native American in a society that is primarily dominated by Euro-American culture and values.
I enjoyed how this book is chronological and wide-rang In American Indian Stories, Zitkala-Sa shares the trials and tribulations of growing up as a Native American. Since this book details her life from childhood to adulthood, it made it easy to empathize with Zitkala-Sa's struggles. Zitkala-Sa ia an excellent writer and I would recommend this book to anyone who would like to understand Native American culture and experiences better. The second half of this book is a collection of various essays and traditional stories. In this story Zitkala-Sa talks about the missionary school that was designed to strip children of their tribal cultures and r In American Indian Stories, Zitkala-Sa gives us a glimpse of her early life on the Yankton Indian Reservation and her time as a student at White's Manual Labour Institute and Earlham College.
In this story Zitkala-Sa talks about the missionary school that was designed to strip children of their tribal cultures and replace these cultures with knowledge of the dominant one. At first Indians such as her mother thought that the offer of education began "to pay a tardy justice" for the theft of Indian lands and was necessary if their children were to advance in the white world; from the white culture, however, Gertrude Simmons discovered no compensation for her loss of Sioux culture and habits. Left angry and isolated, she was alienated from her family and decided to create her own name: Zitkala-Sa.
There is so much to learn from these stories I highly recommend you check them out. This was the first time I had read anything by the famed indigenous author, Zitkala-Sa. This book contained a collection of her biographical snapshots and stories of youth, folk tales, essays, and poetry. They are eloquent, profound, and deeply moving. She had raw power with her words and when you read this book, the imagery it conveys about growing up at the turn of the century on a reservation and what it means to be indigenous is profound.
Essential reading for Native American scholars. Aug 20, Carol rated it it was amazing. Particularly her description of her childhood, and her resistance to hair shingling and turnips. I wish there were greater exploration of the pull of modernity--clearly it upsets and repels her even as it attracts. So much loss which she conveys. So many lovely photos of her Jan 20, Joshua rated it it was amazing. Unexpectedly fierce and poetic. This is great American writing that goes far beyond a recounting of legend.
Zitkala-Sa blends memoir, fiction, and advocacy to create a book that's ahead of its time. May 08, Richard Lamont rated it really liked it. This is a good read for anyone. It is nice to read writing from a man that is from the same band of Native Americans as you. May 14, Maria Do rated it it was amazing Shelves: read-women. Nov 11, Susan rated it it was amazing.
Zitkala-Sa is a Sioux that writes about her life.
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She left her mother at the age of 8 to go to live with the "missionaries" in the east. She finds herself distraught with the way she is treated. She goes to college, becomes a teacher and writes many books. She became an important advocate for Native American civil rights. She was a key figure in the Native Americans becoming citizens of the United States. This book includes her autobiography, story telling and politics. The author is an excellen Zitkala-Sa is a Sioux that writes about her life. The author is an excellent writer.
While this book was first published in the 's, it is important for its historical perspective. I was reminded how Native Americans were forced to live and how they were treated. The missionaries ignored their culture. Native Americans did not know what to do with their "Americanized" children. Disclaimer: I received a digital galley of this book free from the publisher from NetGalley.
I was not obliged to write a favourable review, or even any review at all. The opinions expressed are strictly my own. Aug 12, Marjorie rated it it was amazing.
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It tells her story of being born in South Dakota on the Yankton Reservation. Her name is Zitkala-Sa. She felt "as free as the wind that blew my hair and no less spirited than a bounding deer.
She soon didn't believe things of the American society or her own tribe. She attended college, became a teacher, and wrote a variety of books. She became a prominate advocate for the Native American rights.
She was a key figure in the legislation that granted Native Americans citizenship in , If you enjoy history and Native American history you will enjoy this book. I wanted to give more than 5 stars. I highly recommend this to all. Mar 27, Jenny Yates rated it liked it.
It is sometimes melodramatic. But these stories, first published in , are well worth reading.
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Like many of the stories, it depicts Dakota social habits in a completely natural and easy way, from the inside. Other stories deal with the intersection of beliefs between Christianity and Dakota spiritual practices. I found this book most interesting due to the historical nature of it. I am also fascinated by the author, after reading an article about her, and wanted to read some of her works.
Written in the early 's, this book of stories tells both the author's history, as well as other American Indian stories she tells of that era. Zitkala-sa was a Dakota Indian who lived on her reservation until she was 8 years old, when she went with missionaries to be raised and schooled in "the east". H I found this book most interesting due to the historical nature of it. Having known both cultures, she is able to give an interesting perspective of Native American life.
I am looking forward to reading other books from this amazing woman, who seems to have been ahead of her times. Feb 25, Jenna rated it really liked it Shelves: read-in This was assigned for a history class that I'm taking. I love stories, I grew up listening to the native legends in Alaska. It is a fabulous, short read always good in a history class because you never know and I highly recommend it. Zitkala-sa tells her story of growing up, being sent to an "indian school" to be educated and of all that she learned. She tells of her culture and her struggles with her mother, who is from an older time and remembers more clearly the troubles her peop This was assigned for a history class that I'm taking.here
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She tells of her culture and her struggles with her mother, who is from an older time and remembers more clearly the troubles her people had. She has a beautiful style and her love of storytelling is very evident. Jul 27, Abby added it. It is always a bit of a shock to realize how bad things actually were and may still be. Zitkala-Sa covers a vast territory of the fallout from bad policies regarding Native Americans and their land, and it is poignantly clear how much of it is autobiographical and drawn from her own observation.
Her political message is very loud, but she gifts the people of her stories with a dignity that often evades those who write on behalf of the wronged. I can't really imagine how this might have struck he It is always a bit of a shock to realize how bad things actually were and may still be. I can't really imagine how this might have struck her pre-Civil Rights audience of the twenties. May 27, Sandy rated it really liked it. I lived and raised a daughter in Omaha Nebraska in the late s with a family from Yankton, South Dakota. Much of the land, and the traditions there are steeped in Dakota Sioux Indian Tradition and part of my young daughter's Girl Scout troop experience was to learn more about tribe traditions.
We jumped right in and I, being a researcher, read this book with parts to the girls. Sa, and her "white" name Gertrude Bonnin, wrote the book about legends and tales learned from tribe members passed d I lived and raised a daughter in Omaha Nebraska in the late s with a family from Yankton, South Dakota. Sa, and her "white" name Gertrude Bonnin, wrote the book about legends and tales learned from tribe members passed down throughout the generations of Yankton Sioux.
She was obviously advocating for rights of the tribes and pointing out in controversial prose the gap between cultures, perhaps rightly so. But she still got many points across about how beautiful and dynamic the culture was hundreds of years ago before the white man ever invaded the plains and forced changes on the tribes in the area.
I would have given the book five stars if she would have kept the controversy out of it altogether.
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