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American Indian Stories
By: Zitkala-Sa (Gertrude Bonnin)
Zitkala-Sa (Gertrude Bonnin) was one of the early Native American writers to record tribal stories from oral tradition. American Indian Stories, first published in 1921, is a collection of childhood stories, allegorical fiction, and an essay. One of the most famous Sioux writers and activists of the modern era, Zitkala-Sa (Gertrude Bonnin) recalled legends and tales from oral tradition and used experiences from her life and community to educate others about the Yankton Sioux. Determined, controversial, and visionary, she creatively worked to bridge the gap between her own culture and mainstream American society and advocated for Native rights on a national level.
The first set of stories in this collection is autobiographical. Zitkala-sa describes living in her mother's wigwam on the Yankton Reservation at the edge of the Missouri River. The second half of the book contains stories based on her family's tradition of oral history. Dexter Fisher provides an introduction to this edition.
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