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Early in the twentieth century, a Sioux woman named Zitkala-Ša published these fourteen Native legends that she had learned during her own childhood on the Yankton Reservation. Her writing talent, developed during her education back east, was put to good use in recording from oral tradition the exploits of Iktomi the trickster, Eya the glutton, the Dragon Fly, and other ma ...more
Paperback, 216 pages
Published July 1st 2013 by Bison Books (first published 1901)
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Matt Lee Sharp
There are obvious parallels to be drawn between Iktomi and Anansi in the West African tradition, though Iktomi is much more a of a bumbling idiot. Iktomi as a character is ultimately a lovable character in that he is a sort of stand in for our childhood selves: acting impulsively, looking out for his own interest above all others, ill-mannered. The lessons of these tales are universal. The translation is a little shaky. Another commenter below pointed out a story about peacocks that doesn't even ...more
Christy
Early in the twentieth century, a Sioux woman named Zitkala-Ša published these fourteen Native legends that she had learned during her own childhood on the Yankton Reservation. Her writing talent, developed during her education back east, was put to good use in recording from oral tradition the exploits of Iktomi the trickster, Eya the glutton, the Dragon Fly, and other ma
sweet pea
while i was in high school, i stumbled upon a 1901 edition of this book at an antique store. it wasn't until college that i learned that both Zitkala-Ša and the artist Angel De Cora were womyn and pathbreakers. This was the first published collection of First Nations folktales collected by a native. Angel was among the first native artists using "Western" art styles to portray native themes.

the stories themselves are great. Iktomi, a "spider fairy" is both impossible and easy to love. he is rude
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Monique Garcia
It's funny

I enjoyed reading this book....just wish it had more stories!
The lessons are good, and give parents, or any adult another avenue for teachings life lessons.
Emily
Read: Iktomi and the Ducks, Dance in a Buffalo Skull, Iktomi's Blanket, Badger and the Bear, Warlike Seven, Iya the Camp Eater
White
Always a nature person who sees harmony and balance in the most unlikely things, I have a great regard for the Native Americans, their culture, their respect for everything that exists, their appreciation, all that the new American culture takes for granted and discards.

I actually read this book to find stories for my classroom. I found the legends to be more true to metaphor than any fables or Greek Myths. These people really understood so much more than we ever will.

The stories were just myth
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White
Always a nature person who sees harmony and balance in the most unlikely things, I have a great regard for the Native Americans, their culture, their respect for everything that exists, their appreciation, all that the new American culture takes for granted and discards.

I actually read this book to find stories for my classroom. I found the legends to be more true to metaphor than any fables or Greek Myths. These people really understood so much more than we ever will.

The stories were just myth
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Glenn Banks DDS
Peacock? I guess translator took some...

Any story from non dominate culture/society is good. Wish more verbal stories where written down.
James Rose
Old Indian Legends is a beautiful collection of Dakota stories that impart the values of the plains people.
Marts  (Thinker)
... the exploits of Iktomi...
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Zitkala-Ša (Dakota: pronounced zitkála-ša, which translates to "Red Bird") also known by the missionary-given name Gertrude Simmons Bonnin, was a Sioux writer, editor, musician, teacher and political activist. She wrote several works chronicling her struggles in her youth as she was pulled back and forth between the influences of dominant American culture and her own Native American heritage, as w ...more
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