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Old Indian Legends

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Gertrude Simmons Bonnin (1876-1938), better known by her pen name, Zitkala-Sa, was a Native American writer, editor, musician, teacher and political activist. She was born and raised on the Yankton Sioux Reservation in South Dakota by her mother. Zitkala-Sa lived a traditional lifestyle until the age of eight when she left her reservation to attend Whites Manual Labor Inst...more
Paperback, 64 pages
Published February 22nd 2008 by Dodo Press (first published 1901)
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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...more
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...more
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...more
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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