Synopses & Reviews
Mary Brave Bird grew up fatherless in a one-room cabin, without running water or electricity, on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota. Rebelling against the aimless drinking, punishing missionary school, narrow strictures for women, and violence and hopeless of reservation life, she joined the new movement of tribal pride sweeping Native American communities in the sixties and seventies. Mary eventually married Leonard Crow Dog, the American Indian Movement's chief medicine man, who revived the sacred but outlawed Ghost Dance.
Originally published in 1990, Lakota Woman was a national best seller and winner of the American Book Award. It is a unique document, unparalleled in American Indian literature, a story of death, of determination against all odds, of the cruelties perpetuated against American Indians, and of the Native American struggle for rights. Working with Richard Erdoes, one of the twentieth century's leading writers on Native American affairs, Brave Bird recounts her difficult upbringing and the path of her fascinating life.
Praise for Lakota Woman
and#147;Inspirational.and#8221;and#151;The Midwest Book Review
and#147;A gritty, convincing document of one womanand#8217;s struggle to overcome poverty and oppression in order to live in dignity as an American Indian.and#8221;and#151;Kirkus Reviews
and#147;Lakota Woman is a view from the inside.and#8221;and#151;San Francisco Chronicle
and#147;A powerful autobiography and#133; feisty and determined, warm and even funny, sometimes given to outbursts of rage or sorrow or enthusiasm, always unpretentious and straightforward.and#8221; and#151;Chicago Tribune
and#147;Stunningly honest and#133;. The courage, nobility, morality, and humor that fill the pages of this book should be required reading.and#8221; and#151;David Amram
and#147;The moving story of a Native American woman who fought her way out of despair and bitterness to find the righteous ways of her ancestors.and#8221;and#151;William M. Kunstler
and#147;A piercing look into the ancient yet modern mind of a Sioux woman.and#8221; and#151;Oliver Stone
and#147;Her searing autobiography is courageous, impassioned, poetic, and inspirational.and#8221; and#151;Publishers Weekly
and#8220;Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve has told a terribly important, complex story of what it means to be humanand#8212;to be a father, a leader, a civil rights heroand#8212;in simple, powerful, unadorned language accessible to one and all, but especially to children.and#8221;and#8212;Joe Starita, author of and#8220;I Am a Manand#8221;: Chief Standing Bearand#8217;s Journey for Justice
and#8220;Finally we have a childrenand#8217;s book that tells the story of the Ponca people who were for so long a forgotten tribe and presents an Indian hero for teachers to use in the classroom. Sneve captures the unique richness of being Indian and the challenges faced in a changing America as Standing Bearand#8217;s life evolves. Students will be inspired to find their own heroes through the universal themes of the love of family and home as we celebrate Standing Bearand#8217;s journey home.and#8221;and#8212;Judi M. gaiashkibos, an enrolled member of the Ponca tribe of Nebraska andand#160;executive director of the Nebraska Commission on Indian Affairs
andquot;Standing Bear of the Ponca is first rate Native American biography material.andquot;andmdash;Childrenand#39;s Bookwatch
For Ages 8 and up
Imagine having to argue in court that you are a person. Yet this is just what Standing Bear, of the Ponca Indian tribe, did in Omaha in 1879. And because of this trial, the law finally said that an Indian was indeed a person, with rights just like any other American.
Standing Bear of the Ponca tells the story of this historic leader, from his childhood education in the ways and traditions of his people to his trials and triumphs as chief of the Bear Clan of the Ponca tribe. Most harrowing is the winter trek on which Standing Bear led his displaced people, starving and sick with malaria, back to their homelandand#8212;only to be arrested by the U.S. government, which set the stage for his famous trial. Standing Bearand#8217;s story is also the story of a changing America, when the Ponca, like so many Indian tribes, felt the pressure of pioneers looking to settle the West. Standing Bear died in 1908, but his legacy and influence continue even up to the present.and#160;
About the Author
Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve is of Ponca and Sioux descent and the recipient of the National Humanities Medal. Her many books include The Trickster and the Troll
, When Thunders Spoke
, and Lanaand#8217;s Lakota Moons
, all available in Bison Books editions. Thomas Floyd is an artist working in a variety of media from painting to illustration to comic strips and is a graphic designer at Nebraska Educational Telecommunications.