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Old Indian Legends

3.72  ·  Rating Details ·  172 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
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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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
sweet pea
May 15, 2011 sweet pea rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: folktales
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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Richard
This is the first collection by this author, originally 1901. Some years back I read a reprint by Univ of Nebraska Press (1985). I liked it... It has a good home among my collection of folktales.
The Docta
Very interesting to read but several were hard to follow the bigger meaning of. The writing itself I thought to be poor but it could have been that the spoken stories did not translate well or easily into well written language. Although I feel as though the original could have been expounded on to in the written word to lent more guidance and fuller meaning for the reader. I believe that a stronger understanding of the Sioux culture and the lives they live would help to give a better understandi ...more
White
Aug 26, 2009 White rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 13, 2009 White rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Christy
Nov 26, 2014 Christy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grade, history
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
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This is a very interesting book about an Indian who had problems. I encourage you to read this book for all the strange stories that are in it. It is cool and strange but in the end it is pretty good. IJ
Sharon
I love this book. I can tell that the author had heard these legends and was very comfortable re-telling the legends. I have finished reading the book, however I am re-reading it to ensure that I didn't miss something.
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.
John
Oct 28, 2016 John rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Need more books of Indian Legends. They are very bright and enticing. Enjoyed the sotry of Badger and Bear.
Lila
I definitely would have enjoyed these tales much more in a book with illustrations. I just don't enjoy reading on a kindle.
Emily
Feb 18, 2014 Emily rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: z-gslis-804-01
Read: Iktomi and the Ducks, Dance in a Buffalo Skull, Iktomi's Blanket, Badger and the Bear, Warlike Seven, Iya the Camp Eater
Glenn Banks
Peacock? I guess translator took some...

Any story from non dominate culture/society is good. Wish more verbal stories where written down.
James Rose
Jan 14, 2012 James Rose rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Old Indian Legends is a beautiful collection of Dakota stories that impart the values of the plains people.
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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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