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A review of the mary crow dogs lakota woman

Mary Brave Bird gave birth to a son during the 71-day siege of Wounded Knee in 1973, which ended with a bloody assault by U. Written with Erdoes Lame Deer ; Seeker of Visionsher searing autobiography is courageous, impassioned, poetic and inspirational.

Her girlhood, a vicious circle of drinking and fighting, was marked by poverty, racism and a rape at 14. She ran away from a coldly impersonal boarding school run by nuns where, she reports, Indian students were beaten to induce them to give up native customs and speech. The book also describes AIM's renewal of spirituality as manifested in sweat lodges, peyote ceremonies, sacred songs and the Ghost Dance ritual. I first read Lakota Woman at the age of 15 after a vacation in South Dakota.

We had studied the original Wounded Knee in high school history, and the book appealed to me as something I knew nothing about. To say that this book influenced roughtly the next ten years of my life would be nothing short of an understatement.

In college, I ended up majoring in history, focusing the bulk of my research on Native American women's issues, as well as heading into my graduate work. To be honest, I'm not sure what exactly about this book changed so much about my view of things.

Perhaps it was the idea that Native American civil rights came so much later than other groups. Or perhaps the idea that there could be major historical events that I had no idea had happened caught my attention.

Or maybe it was simply that I had been to Wounded Knee and I felt a connection to the place. Regardless I have returned to this book time and again.

Mary Crow Dog gives voice to so many things about the American Indian Movement that aren't available in other books, and I think a large part of her perspective is because she is a woman. Not to mention she gave birth to her son while bullets flew through the air.

I think the American Indian Movement is a part of American history that often gets overlooked in high school and college.

  • Mary enjoys luxuries such as running water, indoor plumbing, and fair pricing, but feels more at home on the reservation beside Leonard;
  • I first read Lakota Woman at the age of 15 after a vacation in South Dakota;
  • Or maybe it was simply that I had been to Wounded Knee and I felt a connection to the place.

We learn all about the Civil Rights movement, but often stop before the continued civil rights movements of the 70s, instead getting lost in the anti-war movement. This book is an excellent view of the American Indian Movement from someone who lived it.

Lakota Woman Summary & Study Guide

Royal Reviewer Angela Renee at 11: I don't know much about this. It sounds like a book I would like to read.

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