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American Indian Stories, Legends, and Other Writings

Authors: Zitkala-Sa
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
BISAC/Subject: LCO002000, FIC029000, SOC021000
ISBN: 9781101157312, Related ISBNs: 0142437093, 1101157313, 9780142437094, 9781101157312
Classification: Fiction
Number of pages: 320,
Audience: General/trade
Synopsis: A thought-provoking collection of searing prose from a Sioux woman that covers race, identity, assimilation, and perceptions of Native American culture

Zitkala-Sa wrestled with the conflicting influences of American Indian and white culture throughout her life. Raised on a Sioux reservation, she was educated at boarding schools that enforced assimilation and was witness to major events in white-Indian relations in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Tapping her troubled personal history, Zitkala-Sa created stories that illuminate the tragedy and complexity of the American Indian experience. In evocative prose laced with political savvy, she forces new thinking about the perceptions, assumptions, and customs of both Sioux and white cultures and raises issues of assimilation, identity, and race relations that remain compelling today.
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