Sean Kottke's Reviews > Saga of the Sioux: An Adaptation from Dee Brown's Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee

Saga of the Sioux by Dee Brown
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Jan 24, 2012

it was amazing
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Saga of the Sioux commemorates the 40th anniversary of the publication of Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by adapting Dee Brown’s epic account of the conflict between Native Americans and the United States government for younger readers. Whereas Brown’s original text provides a comprehensive narrative of struggles across the continent from the arrival of Columbus in 1492 to the Wounded Knee Massacre of 1890, Zimmerman’s adaptation focuses on the contraction of the great Sioux Nation during the second half of the 19th century. The stories behind some of the most iconic names from the mythology of the American West are all here – Little Crow, Red Cloud, Sitting Bull, Crazy Horse, and the doomed General George Custer – along with ample photographs, illustrations and maps to help readers visualize this important phase of American history. A new first chapter to orient readers to the scope and early history of the Sioux Nation and a fresh epilogue to take readers from the last shot of the Wounded Knee Massacre to the present day serve as bookends for a selection of major chapters from Brown’s classic narrative that relate the history of the longest and fiercest sustained resistance to the United States’ incursion into Native American lands.

Zimmerman’s adaptation of this classic work of narrative history is a powerful text that manages to convey the scope of the injustices and atrocities committed against the Sioux in the name of Westward Expansion yet remains entirely suitable for young readers. The book’s focus on the Sioux provides readers with a strong scaffold for further exploration of Brown’s larger narrative, and the added text and visuals support young readers’ comprehension of a complicated story. Saga of the Sioux is an indispensable addition to any classroom library of American history for younger readers.
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