American Indian Stories - OE Book Club, August 2021
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American Indian Stories - OE Book Club, August 2021


A groundbreaking Lakota author and activist chronicles her refusal to assimilate into 19th century white society and her mission to preserve her culture.

Bright and carefree, Zitkala-Sa grows up on the Yankton Sioux reservation in South Dakota with her mother until Quaker missionaries arrive, offering a free education to all Sioux children. The catch: the children must leave their parents behind and travel to Indiana. Curious about the world beyond the reservation, Zitkala-Sa begs her mother to let her go—and her mother, aware of the advantage that an education offers, reluctantly agrees.

But the missionary school is not the adventure that Zitkala-Sa expected: the school is a strict one, her long hair is cut, and only English is spoken. She encounters racism and ridicule. Slowly, she adapts to her environment—excelling at her studies, winning prizes for essay-writing and oration. Vivid and poignant, this memoir is the story of an activist in the making, a woman whose extraordinary career partially inspired the events of Killers of the Flower Moon.
Author: Zitkala-Sa, Layli Long Soldier (Introduction by).
ISBN: 9781984854216
Trade Paperback: 160 pages.
Size: 8" x 5.2" x 0.4"