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After and Before the Lightning
Highway 18 between Mission and Okreek, South Dakota, is a stretch of no more than eighteen miles, but late at night or in a blizzard it seems endless. "It feels like being somewhere between South Dakota and 'there,'" says Simon Ortiz, "perhaps at the farthest reaches of the galaxy." Acoma Pueblo poet Ortiz spent a winter in South Dakota, teaching at Sinte Gleska College on ...more
Paperback, 127 pages
Published July 1st 1994 by University of Arizona Press
(first published 1994)
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As a teenager, I had this obsession with understanding Native American and Sioux People's histories more than anything. Maybe it's b/c my parents spent time teaching on a Native American Rezervation when they were younger... who knows? But my passion was so intense, that my highschool English teacher took me aside and told me about this book, just b/c she knew I would really appreciate it. And that I did. This book really takes you to what Winter on Pine Ridge Rezervation is like. Seriously, hav ...more