A thought-provoking collection of searing prose from a Sioux woman that covers race, identity, assimilation, and perceptions of Native American culture. One of the first Native American women to publish traditional stories derived from oral Zitkala-Sa’s forthright criticism of the Indian boarding school experience. American Indian Stories has ratings and 49 reviews. Hadrian said: This short volume contains a collection of short stories, biographical sketches, an.

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Zitkala-sa Native American Writer

Looking about, I saw two parallel lines on the chin of one of the old women. I offered them to him with the air of bestowing generous hospitality. They seemed to me then the uncanny gait of eternal death.

Suddenly, out of the earth a coyote came forth at a swinging trot that was taking the cunning thief toward the hills and the village beyond. A footpath wound its way gently down the sloping land till it reached the broad river bottom; creeping through the long swamp grasses that bent over it on either side, it came out on the edge of the Missouri.

How she lost her simple but very happy ways, to learn to read and write in a white school. While the vapor was visible, I was afraid to go very far from our wigwam unless I went with my mother. With my bare fingers I tried to pick out some of the colors, for they seemed so near the surface. I was struck by her discomfort when, on arrival at the missionary school, a friendly adult picked her, a small child, up in the air and bounced her up and down.

American Indian Stories

The flight of Red Bird: This aroused revenge in my small soul. At once uneasy for my safety, he had come running to my mother’s cabin to give her warning. We had been very impatient to start on our journey to the Red Apple Country, which, we were told, lay a little beyond the great circular horizon of the Western prairie.


Formerly a monthly publication, it now releases 10 issues a year and maintains an online amerian. Close by the log cabin stood a little canvas-covered wigwam. Looking in from where he stood, with one sweeping glance, he asked if I lacked anything for my room. She asks her mother why she is cooking when they are about to go to a feast in which her mother replies that they are going to stop by an ill, elderly woman’s wigwam to feed her on the way to the feast.

A strong hot wind seemed determined to blow my hat off, and return me to olden days when I roamed bareheaded over the hills.

American Indian Stories by Zitkala-Ša

Although Zitkala-Sa grew up speaking the Nakota Dakota dialect of the Sioux language, the name she chose was from the Lakota dialect. Zitkala-Sa describes in this story about how she was 8 years old. I dropped my play, and crept close to my aunt. We awoke so early that we saw the sacred hour zitkwla-sa a misty smoke hung over a pit surrounded by an impassable sinking mire.


It This is a small book. At last, one weary day in the schoolroom, a new idea presented itself to me. Soon after breakfast, mother sometimes began her beadwork. While my mother’s hair was heavy and black, my aunt had unusually thin locks.

It’s a jarring experience, where the sound of bells, the tight stiff shoes, and the murmurs of English are all foreign experiences. She ended her engagement to Montezuma, and she and Bonnin were married on 10 May From accident or decay he had lost one of his long front teeth. As we drew near the tepee, I heard the chanting of a medicine-man aerican it. Other stories deal with the intersection of beliefs between Christianity and Dakota spiritual practices.


Immediately she wondered where I had found coffee, for she knew I had never made any, and that she had left the coffeepot empty.

The ice on the river was floating in huge pieces.

The rest had none. His long strides I have never forgot. Like all folk tales they mirror the child life of the world For this reason, inian mother said, I should not do much alone in quills until I was as tall as my cousin Warca-Ziwin.

In his horny hands he clutched the buffalo-robe, and with his teeth he was gnawing off the edges.

Unexpectedly fierce and poetic. I rode on the white man’s iron steed, thinking it would bring me back to my mother in a few winters, when I should be grown tall, and there would be congenial friends awaiting me. My mother said nothing. Her light of liberty penetrated Indian reservations. We showed one another our new beaded moccasins, and the width of the belts that girdled our new dresses.

Nonetheless, it is a book I think more people should read. His feet were like his hands. What caused them to stoop and look under the bed I do not know.