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Zitkala-Sa wrestled with the conflicting influences of American Indian and white culture throughout her life. Raised on a Sioux reservation, she was educated at boarding schools that enforced assimilation and was witness to major events in white-Indian relations in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Tapping her troubled personal history, Zitkala-Sa created stories that illuminate the tragedy and complexity of the American Indian experience. In evocative prose laced with political savvy, she forces new thinking about the perceptions, assumptions, and customs of both Sioux and white cultures and raises issues of assimilation, identity, and race relations that remain compelling today.

Synopsis:

When first published in 1899, charges of sordidness and immorality consigned The Awakening into initial obscurity and irreparably damaged its author's literary and social reputation. In her introduction, Sandra M. Gilbert considers the issues explored in the novel and the stories from their growth out of the feminist literary tradition of the nineteenth century to their place among other concerns of fin de sicle writers in America and England.

Synopsis:

This collection of stories and articles illuminates the tragedy and complexity of the American-Indian experience. It encourages new thinking about the perceptions, assumptions and customs of both Sioux and white cultures and raises questions about assimilation, identity and race relations.

Synopsis:

Illuminating the tragedy and complexity of the American Indian experience, this volume collects the finest stories and nonfiction writings by a Native American author and activist.

Synopsis:

Edna Pontellier, a young wife and mother, refuses to be caged by married and domestic life and claims for herself moral and erotic freedom. Through careful, subtle changes of style, Kate Chopin shows Edna's transformation-and its tragic consequences. This unique volume also includes some of Chopin's finest stories, among them "At the 'Cadian Ball" and "Désirée's Baby."

Edited with an Introduction by Sandra M. Gilbert

About the Author

Zitkala-Sa (1876-1938) was born Gertrude Simmons at the Yankton Reservation in South Dakota. Writer, teacher, and activist, she was editor of American Indian Magazine and founder of the National Council of American Indians, the tribal advocacy group that she led until her death.

Cathy N. Davidson teaches English at Duke University, where she is Vice Provost for Interdisciplinary Studies.

Table of Contents

Introduction and Notes by Cathy N. Davidson and Ada Norris

Acknowledgments

Introduction

Suggestions for Further Reading

Chronology

A Note on the Texts

I. Old Indian Legends

Preface

Iktomi and the Ducks

Iktomi's Blanket

Iktomi and the Muskrat

Iktomi and the Coyote

Iktomi and the Fawn

The Badger and the Bear

The Tree-Bound

Shooting of the Red Eagle

Iktomi and the Turtle

Dance in a Buffalo Skull

The Toad and the Boy

Iya, the Camp-Eater

Manstin, the Rabbit

The Warlike Seven II. American Indian Stories

Impressions of an Indian Childhood

The School Days of an Indian Girl

An Indian Teacher Among Indians

The Great Spirit

The Soft-Hearted Sioux

The Trial Path

A Warrior's Daughter

A Dream of Her Grandfather

The Widespread Enigma Concerning Blue-Star Woman

America's Indian Problem

III. Selections from American Indian Magazine

The Indian's Awakening (January-March 1916)

A Year's Experience in Community Service Work Among the Ute Tribe of Indians (October-December 1916)

The Red Man's America (January-March 1917)

Chipeta, Widow of Chief Ouray (July-September 1917)

A Sioux Woman's Love for Her Grandchild (October-December 1917)

Editorial Comment (July-September 1918)

Indian Gifts to Civilized Man (July-September 1918)

Secretary's Report in Brief (July-September 1918)

Editorial Comment (Winter 1919)

America, Home of the Red Man (Winter 1919)

The Coronation of Chief Powhatan Retold (Winter 1919)

Letter to the Chiefs and Headmen of the Tribes (Winter 1919)

Editorial Comment (Spring 1919)

Editorial Comment (Summer 1919)

An Indian Praying on the Hilltop (Summer 1919)

Address by the Secretary-Treasurer, Society of American Indians Annual Convention (Summer 1919)

IV. Poetry, Pamphlets, Essays, and Speeches

Side by Side (March 1896)

A Ballad (January 1897)

Iris of Life (November 1898)

A Protest Against the Abolition of the Indian Dance (August 1902)

The Menace of Peyote (ca. 1916)

Americanize the First American (1921)

Bureaucracy Versus Democracy (1921)

A Dakota Ode to Washington (1922)

California Indian Trails and Prayer Trees (1922)

Lost Treaties of the California Indians (1922)

The California Indians of Today (1922)

Heart to Heart Talk (1922)

Explanatory Notes

Product Details

ISBN:
9780142437094
Editor:
Gilbert, Sandra M.
Author:
Gilbert, Sandra M.
Author:
Davidson, Cathy N.
Author:
Zitkala-Sa
Author:
Norris, Ada
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Location:
New York, N.Y.
Subject:
General
Subject:
Indians of north america
Subject:
Folklore & Mythology
Subject:
Legends
Subject:
Speeches, addresses, etc., Indian.
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Indians of North America -- Social conditions.
Subject:
Mythology-Folklore and Storytelling
Edition Description:
Mass Market
Series:
Penguin Classics
Series Volume:
31
Publication Date:
20030231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
7.68x5.28x.64 in. .49 lbs.
Age Level:
18-17

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Product details 320 pages Penguin Books - English 9780142437094 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , When first published in 1899, charges of sordidness and immorality consigned The Awakening into initial obscurity and irreparably damaged its author's literary and social reputation. In her introduction, Sandra M. Gilbert considers the issues explored in the novel and the stories from their growth out of the feminist literary tradition of the nineteenth century to their place among other concerns of fin de sicle writers in America and England.
"Synopsis" by , This collection of stories and articles illuminates the tragedy and complexity of the American-Indian experience. It encourages new thinking about the perceptions, assumptions and customs of both Sioux and white cultures and raises questions about assimilation, identity and race relations.
"Synopsis" by , Illuminating the tragedy and complexity of the American Indian experience, this volume collects the finest stories and nonfiction writings by a Native American author and activist.

"Synopsis" by , Edna Pontellier, a young wife and mother, refuses to be caged by married and domestic life and claims for herself moral and erotic freedom. Through careful, subtle changes of style, Kate Chopin shows Edna's transformation-and its tragic consequences. This unique volume also includes some of Chopin's finest stories, among them "At the 'Cadian Ball" and "Désirée's Baby."

Edited with an Introduction by Sandra M. Gilbert

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