American Indian Stories, Legends, and Other Writings by Zitkala-Ša

By Zitkala-Ša

Zitkala-Sa wrestled with the conflicting impacts of yank Indian and white tradition all through her lifestyles. Raised on a Sioux reservation, she was once informed at boarding faculties that enforced assimilation and used to be witness to significant occasions in white-Indian family within the overdue 1800s and early 1900s. Tapping her stricken own historical past, Zitkala-Sa created tales that light up the tragedy and complexity of the yank Indian adventure. In evocative prose laced with political savvy, she forces new considering the perceptions, assumptions, and customs of either Sioux and white cultures and increases problems with assimilation, identification, and race kin that stay compelling this day.

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