Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Lost Bird Of Wounded Knee: Spirit Of The Lakota” as Want to Read:
Lost Bird Of Wounded Knee: Spirit Of The Lakota
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Lost Bird Of Wounded Knee: Spirit Of The Lakota

3.79  ·  Rating Details ·  52 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
In December 1890 the U.S. Seventh Cavalry massacred a band of Lakota men, women, and children at Wounded Knee, South Dakota. Miraculously, after a four-day blizzard, an infant was found alive under the frozen body of her dead mother. The dashing brigadier general (and future Assistant Attorney General of the United States) Leonard W. Colby kidnapped and then adopted the ...more
Paperback, 392 pages
Published March 22nd 1998 by Da Capo Press (first published June 14th 1995)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Lost Bird Of Wounded Knee, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Lost Bird Of Wounded Knee

Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee BrownEmpire of the Summer Moon by S.C. GwynneMayflower by Nathaniel PhilbrickElsie by Barbara Anne WaiteWomen's Diaries of the Westward Journey by Lillian Schlissel
The American Frontier
250th out of 340 books — 76 voters
Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey by Fiona CarnarvonBlackbird by Jennifer LauckThe Lost City of Z by David GrannThe Lost Boy by Dave PelzerThe Road of Lost Innocence by Somaly Mam
Lost and Found
72nd out of 92 books — 8 voters

More lists with this book...

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
I did not finish this book, I will say that right up front.

Not knowing much of the subject, I expected a fairly standard Biography of the named subject, namely, Zintkala Nuni, infant survivor of the massacre.

What I neither expected, nor wanted, was a biography of her 'adoptive" mother. Two thirds through the book, and still, Zintkala is mentioned almost as an aside to the story of Clara Bewick Colby, the Suffragette who lived forever eclipsed by Susan B Anthony. At which point I pitched it bac
Apr 28, 2014 Yasmin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have often wondered how many kinds of manifestation of evil is there in the world? General Colby was not only wicked, he was evil. I don't say these things lightly or overdramatically. If others want to be detached from the events in this book it would be said at the beginning he was arrogant and ignorant to kidnap a baby from her family and her people. But as she grew he left her knowingly to negligence that became mental abuse. As she went from childhood to girl this abuse became physical ...more
May 11, 2009 Monica rated it it was amazing
Just when I thought the horrors surrounding the massacre at Wounded Knee couldn't get any worse, I came into a copy of "Lost Bird of Wounded Knee: Spirit of the Lakota." Don't get me wrong- this was an absolutely beautifully written book, drawing on some fantastic research. It's just that books like these always leave me disgusted with the way our young country treated Native Americans, not so long ago (sigh).

Recounting the life of Zintkala Nuni, a young Lakota baby miraculously found alive alon
Kimberly Ann
This book recounts the life of Zintkala Nuni, Lost Bird of Wounded Knee. Just four days after the disgraceful massacre at Wounded Knee, the infant was found alive under the frozen stiff body of her mother.

Zintkala Nuni, was adopted by Gen. Leonard Colby and his (surprised) wife Clara Bewick Colby.

This sad and poignant book recounts the life, death, and reclamation (by the Lakota Nation) of this lost child.

This is an important book for those who are interested in Lakota history and culture.

Mi Tak
Jane Mettee
Apr 26, 2012 Jane Mettee rated it it was amazing
Fascinating true story. Lost Bird died in the Hanford area. Her body was exhumed by, the Souix people with help form the local tribe Taches, and taken back to south Dakota for buriel. This was in the 1990s when we lived in Hanford.
More about the mother than Lost Bird.
Rachel Jackson
Aug 20, 2016 Rachel Jackson rated it really liked it
My heart is heavy after reading Lost Bird of Wounded Knee. I had been interested in reading this book for quite some time, after reading more about the Wounded Knee massacre of 1890 and discovering there were several infant survivors, Zintkala Nuni among them. The subject matter of the story is certainly a dark one, rife with tragedy and sadness, but at the end of the book I still was left with a feeling of intense remorse and grief for everything with which Zintkala Nuni's life was filled.

Apr 19, 2012 Heather rated it really liked it
This book is about Lost Bird (Also known as Zintkala Nuni) who was a baby girl found at Wounded Knee in 1890. She was taken in by General Leonard W. Colby (more like kidnapped) and his wife, Clara B. Colby. Mrs. Colby ended up divorcing her husband and raised the Lakota child as her white daughter. This was well-meaning by Mrs. Colby but this destroyed the poor girl and she ended up running away, joining Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show and even fell into prostitution. Lost Bird died at the young ...more
Jan 09, 2008 Bev rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Political history students, students studying the genocide of Native Americans
Recommended to Bev by: Jerry Rousseau
Shelves: native-american
I knew the military history of The Wounded Knee Massacre. However, I had no idea of the complexity of the times and its impact on this horrific, genocidal act. I gained a much better understanding of the 1890-early 1900 society's opinions and knowledge of the Lakota. Previous to reading this book, I had always asked, "How could this have happened? What did people in the East think about this event? What happened after the massacre?" This book answers those questions and gives a clear picture of ...more
Kris Larson
Mar 04, 2014 Kris Larson rated it liked it
I thought this was a well researched book. The author did a lot of work compiling the facts of this sad but true story. What happened to Zintakala Nuni was a tragedy. Like someone before me stated, just when I didn't think the Wounded Knee Massacre could be any more tragic we read about another innocent victim of this criminal act. I think there are a lot of lessons in this story for how we proceed to treat anyone that might come from a different culture than our own and expect them to be just ...more
Jan 13, 2014 Bev rated it liked it
Interesting, but I wanted more about Lost Bird, not her mother. Got bored, but still plan to read the end.
Edward rated it did not like it
Apr 17, 2011
Michelle Wilder
Michelle Wilder rated it really liked it
Apr 04, 2013
Rus rated it really liked it
Jan 31, 2016
Drew Soderborg
Drew Soderborg rated it it was amazing
Jan 28, 2015
Sherry rated it it was amazing
Dec 15, 2012
Sam rated it really liked it
Dec 29, 2015
Theresa Spencer
Theresa Spencer rated it liked it
Mar 23, 2013
Julia rated it really liked it
Jan 30, 2008
Clara rated it it was amazing
Dec 08, 2009
Lynda rated it it was amazing
Jul 29, 2013
Kerry rated it it was amazing
Jan 31, 2014
Pax rated it it was amazing
Dec 05, 2012
Mandas rated it really liked it
Jul 26, 2014
Todd rated it liked it
May 05, 2011
Deb rated it it was amazing
Apr 28, 2015
Rubia A. Salazar
Rubia A. Salazar rated it it was amazing
Feb 01, 2015
Andrew Gonska
Andrew Gonska rated it liked it
Jul 02, 2009
Anne rated it it was ok
Nov 07, 2014
Melissa rated it did not like it
Jan 18, 2008
« previous 1 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Share This Book