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Sister to the Sioux: The Memoirs of Elaine Goodale Eastman, 1885-1891

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In 1885a genteel New England girl traveled to the western frontier to open a school on the Great Sioux Reservation. For six years, Elaine Goodale Eastman taught, hunted with, and lived among the Lakotas, who were experiencing profound changes as buffalo herds dwindled and they were forced to adjust to reservation life. Her informative and sometimes poignant recollections o ...more
Paperback, Second Edition, 183 pages
Published May 1st 2004 by Bison Books (first published 1978)
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Mar 06, 2014 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Lacey Losh
Jul 02, 2010 Lacey Losh rated it it was ok
While I found the subject of this book very intriguing, much of the actual writing was dry and factual, without enough human emotion or interesting detail for my taste.

Elaine Goodale Eastman was a teacher to the Sioux and lived among the native people. She was sympathetic to the traditions and needs of the Native American people. She wrote this memoir many years after teaching the Sioux, and she seems to have based it on her notes and her memories from the time period. I think this book would ha
MaryJo Dawson
Feb 24, 2014 MaryJo Dawson rated it it was amazing
For anyone interested in this portion of American History, Mrs. Eastman's memoirs are a must read. A young woman way ahead of her time, in 1885 she joined a group of admirable individuals who were honestly concerned with the Dakota Sioux and their fate. She taught school, learned the language,became their friends, and took an active interest in the education of the children; in other words, practiced her Christianity. In 1889 she was an eye witness to the tragedy of Wounded Knee.
This is very we
Marla Milligan
Sep 11, 2014 Marla Milligan rated it really liked it
I liked this book - true story about a young woman who opened a day school for the Sioux Indian children. She ended up dedicating her life to serving them in many different capacities and witnessed the aftermath of Wounded Knee. I learned a lot about the history of this time.
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Oct 06, 2015 P.J. O'Brien rated it it was amazing
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Charlotte Wallace
I learned some interesting history and the sad reality of Indian affairs in our country. I have so much respect for Elaine Eastman, she was a true trail blazer, a real feminist in her day. She also crossed race lines but marrying an Indian.
Mar 03, 2013 Ruth rated it really liked it
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Eastman's recollection of life with the Lakotas of the late 1800s contributed to my understanding of the period that lead up to the Wounded Knee massacre.
Catherine Richmond
Elaine taught at Hampton and on the Sioux reservation in the 1880s. Hers is another biography that confirms God's plans great adventures for his people.
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