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Lost Bird Of Wounded Knee: Spirit Of The Lakota

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  78 ratings  ·  14 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 ba ...more
Paperback, 392 pages
Published March 22nd 1998 by Da Capo Press (first published June 14th 1995)
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Dawn
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
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Leah Tyler
Nov 28, 2020 rated it it was ok
"Throughout her life of prejudice, exploitation, poverty, misunderstanding, and disease, she never gave up hope that one day she would find out where she really belonged."

Zintkala Nuni, known as Lost Bird, (1890-1920) was an infant who survived the massacre at Wounded Knee, South Dakota and a 4-day blizzard before being discovered shielded under the frozen body of her dead mother. General Colby, in SD on a cleanup mission, took an interest in her and after kidnapping her a few times from Lakota
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Yasmin
Mar 04, 2014 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 an ...more
Monica
Feb 15, 2009 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
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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
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Jane Mettee
Apr 26, 2012 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.
Steven
More about the mother than Lost Bird.
Rachel Jackson
Aug 20, 2016 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.

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Heather
Apr 19, 2012 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 a ...more
Bev
Jan 09, 2008 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
Feb 04, 2014 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 l ...more
Bev Morey
Sep 15, 2013 rated it liked it
Interesting, but I wanted more about Lost Bird, not her mother. Got bored, but still plan to read the end.
Lisa
Jan 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Very sad, we needed to learn from the American indians, not kill them...
Linda
Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Library Book Club Read - Having been to Wounded Knee several times, very interesting story of a young child survivor and her life after
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