Honor the grandmothers : Dakota and Lakota women tell their stories

Format: Print Book 2000
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CLP - Main Library Mezzanine - Non-fiction E99.D1 H75 2000
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  Mezzanine - Non-fiction
Call Number  E99.D1 H75 2000
In this poignant collection of oral histories, four Indian elders recount their life stories in their own quiet but uncompromising words. Growing up and living in Minnesota and the Dakotas, Stella Pretty Sounding Flute and Iola Columbus (Dakota)and Celane Not Help Him and Cecelia Hernandez Montgomery (Lakota) share recollections of early family life interrupted by years at government boarding schools designed to eradicate tribal culture. Recounting their complex lives, the grandmothers reveal how they survived difficult circumstances to become activists in Indian politics, reconciling urban with reservation life and Christianity with native spirituality. Particularly memorable is one grandmother's detailed family account of the tragic events and consequences of the Wounded Knee Massacre of 1890. Defying stereotypes, these clear and forthright voices are unforgettable. As the traditional teachers and bearers of culture, the grandmothers also share their concern for future generations.
Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "In Honor the Grandmothers: Dakota and Lakota Women Tell Their Stories, editor Sarah Penman, a journalist who reports on the experiences of Native Americans, preserves four oral histories that contribute to our understanding of Indian life past and present. According to tradition, it is the responsibility of Dakota and Lakota grandmothers to teach tribal history. During the course of their long lives, the four womenÄCelane Not Help Him, Stella Pretty Sounding Flute, Cecilia Hernandez Montgomery and Iola ColumbusÄwitnessed tremendous change in the circumstances of their peoples (e.g., Celane Not Help Him recalls the Wounded Knee Massacre of 1890), which Penman presents with grace and respect. (Jan. 5) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Dakota women -- Biography.
Lakota women -- Biography.
Older Dakota women -- Biography.
Older Lakota women -- Biography.
Publisher St. Paul, MN :Minnesota Historical Society Press,2000
Contributors Penman, Sarah, 1950-
Language English
Description 147 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
ISBN 0873513843 (cloth : alk. paper)
0873513851 (pbk.)
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