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Read "Lakota Woman" by Mary Crow Dog available from Rakuten Kobo. Sign up today and get $5 off your first purchase. The bestselling. Mary Brave Bird grew up fatherless in a one-room cabin, without running water or electricity, on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota. Rebelling against the aimless drinking, punishing missionary school, narrow strictures for women, and violence and hopeless of. Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. Mary Brave Bird gave birth to a son during the Kindle Store · Kindle eBooks · Politics & Social Sciences.
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Inspired to take action, she joined the American Indian Movement to fight for the rights of her people.
Originally published in , Lakota Woman was a national bestseller and winner of the American Book Award. It is a story of determination against all odds, of the cruelties perpetuated against American Indians, and of the Native American struggle for rights. Invisible Fathers. Civilize Them with a Stick. Drinking and Fighting. Crying for a Dream.
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The Ghosts Return. Sioux and Elephants Never Forget. Two Cutoff Hands. I saw tipis and Indians camping, huddling around a fire, smiling and cooking buffalo meat, and then, suddenly, I saw white soldiers riding into camp, killing women and children, raping, cutting throats. It was so real, much more real than a movie sights and sounds and smells: And the only thing I could do was cry.
There was an old woman in my dream. She had a pack on her back-I could see that it was heavy. She was singing an ancient song.
It sounded so sad, it seemed to have another dimension to it, beautiful but not of this earth, and she was moaning while she was singing it. And the soldiers came up and killed her. Her blood was soaked up by the grass which was turning red. All the Indians lay dead on the ground and the soldiers left. I could hear the wind and the hoofbeats of the soldiers' horses, and the voices of the spirits of the dead trying to tell me something.
I must have dreamed for hours. I do not know why I dreamed this but I think that the knowledge will come to me some day. I truly believe that this dream came to me through the spiritual power of peyote. This awakening is dangerous: No intoxication provided by alcohol will match the intoxication of the spirit connected to its origin across space and time.
For the Native American religion is live: The hostility of the Christian churches to the Sun Dance was not very logical. After all, they worship Christ because he suffered for the people, and a similar religious concept lies behind the Sun Dance, where the participants pierce their flesh with skewers to help someone dear to them.
The main difference, as Lame Deer used to say, is that Christians are content to let Jesus do all the suffering for them whereas Indians give of their own flesh, year after year, to help others. The missionaries never saw this side of the picture, or maybe they saw it only too well and fought the Sun Dance because it competed with their own Sun Dance pole-the Cross. The Church is afraid with good reason, it seems. Mary Crow Dog, who symbolically gave birth on the battlefield of Wounded Knee and married the medicine man behind that uprising is no longer with us here on earth.
However, I do not think people like her will ever die, as long as the magpie cries in the forest or the brook runs, with her gentle laughter, over the plains.
I pierced too, together with many other women. One of Leonard's sisters pierced from two spots above her collarbone. Leonard and Rod Skenandore pierced me with two pins through my arms.
I did not feel any pain because I was in the power. I was looking into the clouds, into the sun. Brightness filled my mind. The sun seemed to speak: I am the Soul of the Eye. I am the Life Giver! I could see those who had died.
I could see Pedro Bissonette standing by the arbor and, above me, the face of Buddy Lamont, killed at Wounded Knee, looking at me with ghostly eyes. I saw the face of my friend Annie Mae Aquash, smiling at me. I could hear the spirits speaking to me through the eagle-bone whistles. I heard no sound but the shrill cry of the eagle bones. I felt nothing and, at the same time, everything. It was at that moment that I, a white educated half-blood, became wholly Indian.
I experienced a great rush of happiness. I heard a cry coming from my lips: Ho Uway Tinkte. A Voice I will send. I will live! View all 29 comments. May 02, Rebecca rated it it was amazing. I can't think of a book from which i've ever learned more.
This book is raw, powerful and important. View 1 comment.
Aug 30, Mary rated it it was amazing. I was impressed that Mary took the time to not only sign my book, but she wrote a note and drew a picture. Re-reading the book in , I read for a different purpose. Lakota Woman is just as fascinating a read in as it was today.
Much like today, Pine Ridge was poverty stricken.
Mary described her life, but she included other American Indians in her book. She was raised in a one room shack, filled with many family members, with no amenities, much like camping.
She described the daily life of Sioux women, and Sioux men, differentiating their roles. Ignorance was bliss for Mary, as she thought this was how everyone lived. She viewed her childhood as happy because she basically had love in her family. Domestic abuse was rampant in reservations, and there were dysfunctional families, as we call them today.
Mary left and became a street smart Sioux, she drank and shoplifted to survive. Mary shared the AIM events with her readers. Not all of it is pretty, by any means, but that is what is so fascinating.
Mary had a baby during the siege at Wounded Knee. Here she met her husband, Leonard Crow Dog; he was a medicine man and a leader, and also had children of his own. The book includes sixteen photos that illustrate traditional customs, and put faces to names and places. Whether you read Lakota Woman to learn about the Lakota Sioux in general, or to obtain precise facts for your own research, it is the perfect book. Sep 24, Caro the Helmet Lady rated it really liked it Shelves: Powerful, heartbreaking and sometimes infuriating story of Mary Crow Dog and her life in her own words.
Also interesting, giving a glimpse into traditions and culture of Native Americans and their religious beliefs. Nov 26, Candiss rated it really liked it Recommends it for: I find it difficult to review autobiographies.
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How does one rate the story of a life? The author may or may not be a professional writer, hence I feel it isn't wholly fair to grade based on writing quality. As for content, a life is what it is and isn't what it isn't - nothing less and nothing more.
There can be no "I give your personal tragedies 3 stars for poignancy but your triumphs only 2, as I feel you could have been more elated. I will grant 4 stars to your what-might-have-beens for being I find it difficult to review autobiographies. I will grant 4 stars to your what-might-have-beens for being authentically sentimental, yet never maudlin. As for your family, well I related to your Aunt Mabel, but your characterization of your brother Jeffrey was hardly believable.
As for you, I found you to be a bit of an unreliable narrator. I could have done without that section on your childhood battle against tuberculosis, but the birth of your twins was a hoot!
Mary Crow Dog has done a wonderful job of telling the story of her life. Much of that life was tragic, painful to read about, and will enrage the reader on her behalf and the behalf of her people.
But through it all, she retains a nobility of spirit, a composure that makes it impossible to not care about the things she has seen and experienced. Her voice comes through vivid and pure. She is regal as she is humble, plain-spoken yet eloquent. She is authentic, and she tells her story with truth and clarity. Hers is a story of great injustices suffered, yet of a spirit undiminished. Her story deserves to be heard, and I hope it will continue to be read, not only so that such troubles as she's seen might be better understood and condemned to not repeat, but so the culture she is part of might rise to thrive anew.
In the pages of her autobiography, Mary Crow Dog gives us her memories, her experiences, thoughts, and feelings - her life, which is all any of us has to give. Nov 25, El rated it liked it Shelves: This is her first autobiography describing her life up to She wrote a second autobiography, Ohitika Woman , a few years after Lakota Woman, and I imagine I'll get around to reading it at some point too.
I was interested in reading this now as I'm winding down on Native American literature I'm reading this month. The other books I've read this month have been non-fiction of a different sort - mostly history books written by white men who weren't even alive during the time they wrote about. This is a book that is modern enough for readers to realize that the United States continue to have difficulty relating to and working with Native American communities.
Mary Crow Dog details here her childhood and young adulthood in the s and '70s, about living on a South Dakota reservation, going to a missionary school, and the abuse that was inflicted on her and the other students at the hands of the nuns and the priests, as well as some white neighbors.
She left school early on, preferring to become in her words a "hobo", as she didn't have a good relationship with her mother and her father was not around.
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She was involved in some of AIM's greatest moments, most impressively and frighteningly while she was eight months pregnant. Some of the stories she told made me just want to hide under a blanket. I cannot imagine fighting some of her fights in the condition she was in, or even later while she was trying to protect her newborn son. I appreciated the different perspective this book brought me in relation to some of the other things I've read this month. This is the first book written by a woman about women's place in the Lakota nation.
In a lot of ways this book is harder to read than some of the other books I've read this month, but primarily because it's such a contemporary part of American history, and one that is often overlooked because most American students are taught that US-Indian relations were peachy in the 20th century.
The cover of this book tells me there's a made-for-TV version of this book which I will probably take a look at sometime soon. There's a lot of anger in this story, and I'm curious to see how that translates if at all onto the screen. Then it is done, no matter how brave its warriors nor how strong their weapons.
What I've always been fascinated by is the role of women in these movements. Oftentimes their voices and contribu "A nation is not conquered until the hearts of its women are on the ground. Oftentimes their voices and contributions are overlooked or overshadowed in favor of the conventional narrative, but silencing these voices does not mean they will not be heard.
She leaves nothing out - her turbulent childhood at the so-called 'Indian School' and her rebellious, aimless teenage years. Unlike Ojibwa Warrior: There's a sense of power in her words as she speaks of the takeover of the BIA building in Washington as well as the Siege of Wounded Knee. It was easy to see how such a movement could indeed empower not just the Indians but re-empowered in some ways, Indian women. We had two or three pistol-packing mamas swaggering around with six-shooters dangling from their hips, taking their turns on the firing line, swapping lead with the feds.
The Indian nurses bringing in the wounded under a hail of fire were braver than many warriors. That there were attempts to outlaw Indian religious beliefs and practices, one reason medicine man Leonard Crow Dog was feared by authorities.
As far as her relationship with the older Leonard Crow Dog, I had to get out of my mainstream feminist head a good reason why intersectionality is so very important and see things through the eyes of a woman whose experiences were far different from mine. And their relationship strengthened her for not just his imprisonment, but for her to become the woman who could speak in front of crowds. I think the one tragic note, and one that still haunts the legacy of AIM, was the death of Anna Mae Aquash, one of the most formidable of the movement's leaders.
Many stories, theories and blame abound. However, the real culprits in my view remains our government, aided by law enforcement - so afraid of an oppressed peoples who only sought due process and equality, that they persecuted and infiltrated the movement in order to retain the status quo.
We've seen this tactic many times, and sadly will probably see it again. Jun 11, Paul rated it really liked it Shelves: This is an interesting and moving book, capturing the life a women in the midst of the American Indian Movement in the 's. She describes life on the reservation as a younger woman and details the harrowing and sordid quality of life, revealing the poverty, struggle and rampant racism of her native South Dakota. Moved by the activism of A. Mary seems like a marginal character in the described events, however little that matters, and I wonder how much of the text is written herself, and how much penned after her descriptions by Richard Erdoes.
In the end, these details are not so important, as it is obvious that what may be embellished or written up does not remove the clear history surrounding the events, and we get a great inside view from the book. Looking online for more photos I found mostly this cover photo of Mary Crow Dog, iconic, young, powerful and beautiful.
Sadly, I found a few later photos though it was difficult to be sure it was her , in which she looks tired and beaten up. I was dying to find concrete information on her life and where she ended up, but I discovered only an "unofficial" website that had a photo of what looked like here in a small apartment, looking sad and tired. One always reads such harrowing tales hoping that its telling would bring them to a higher place. View 2 comments. Sep 09, Willa rated it it was amazing.
I've read this book several times in the past and really, really enjoyed reading it again.
Mary Crow Dog's courage, integrity and strength are amazingly inspiring. After having done quite a bit of cultural studies, this time it gave me also a real felt sense of the predicament of Native American culture, and with that large parts of the world population, of the difficult struggle in leap-frogging stages of development and the suffering this creates. And perhaps it was also nagging my Objibway an I've read this book several times in the past and really, really enjoyed reading it again.
And perhaps it was also nagging my Objibway ancestor's fighter spirit - but I really love the spirit of the people and feel great sympathy with their struggle, which is easy to dismiss from a superior Postmodern standpoint. Mary Crow Dog explains in detail the rituals and ceremonies of the Sioux, the spiritual values of their people, their stories and legends, medicine remedies etc.
Her story is simply but effectively told. One might question whether her retelling of the events at Wounded Knee is entirely objective but one thing is clear: Favourite quotes: I was then white outside and red inside, just the opposite of an apple.
My best friend was Annie Mae Aquash, a young, strong hearted woman from the Micmac Tribe with beautiful chil dren. It is not always wise for an Indian woman to come on too strong. Annie Mae was found dead in the snow at the bottom of a ravine on the Pine Ridge Reservation. The police said that she had died of exposure, but there was a. The FBI cut off her hands and sent them to Washington for fingerprint identification, hands that had helped my baby come into the world.
I did not mind their being afraid of us. It was better than being given a quarter and asked to pose smilingly for their cameras Supposedly you drink to forget. The trouble is you don't forget, you remember-all the old insults and hatreds, real and imagined. As a result there are always fights. One of the nicest, gentlest men I knew killed his wife in a drunken rage. One uncle had both his eyes put out while he was lying senseless.
My sister-in-law Delphine's husband lost one eye. She herself was beaten to death by a drunken tribal police man. Such things are not even considered worth an investigation. The author grew up poor on the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota, was forced to attend one of those boarding schools meant to eradicate Native American culture, and wound up joining AIM as a teenager and having a baby during the siege a 3.
The author grew up poor on the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota, was forced to attend one of those boarding schools meant to eradicate Native American culture, and wound up joining AIM as a teenager and having a baby during the siege at Wounded Knee.
Instead I know a lot about various people getting beaten up, imprisoned or killed and about political protests and religious ceremonies she participated in. Jun 17, Eve rated it really liked it Shelves: As someone who shamefully doesn't know a lot about American Indian history, I learned a lot from this book!
This is written almost as a transcribed oral history piece, as each chapter seemed to have its own theme minus the first chapter, which was all over the place and the timeline wasn't totally linear.
The book read as if she were sitting there telling stories of the things that happened in her life, as opposed to the book being crafted and organized on paper. As a result, there were many t As someone who shamefully doesn't know a lot about American Indian history, I learned a lot from this book! As a result, there were many things that were mentioned in passing that were either expanded upon later, or never mentioned again. I admit I had to look up the Wounded Knee conflict when she started mentioning it as one of those things she mentioned in passing repeatedly before telling the story about it , as I only knew of the massacre at Wounded Knee in Because of this, the book proved to be very educational, even if things weren't explained as they are in a traditional history book.
I did find some chapters more interesting than others, and I didn't find myself compulsively reading this book, but I still think it's a very important part of history and I'd recommend it to anyone. Apr 29, Mario rated it really liked it. This book has opened my eyes, it has allowed me to see the history of the American Indian. A history filled with affliction and agony.
I was surprised to learn how naive I was about American Indian history; the two weeks spent in High school learning about the American Indians do no justice to all the torture these beautiful people and culture have gone through. This book allowed me to see that manifest destiny was just an excuse for the "white man" to steal land, exploit Indians, rape and kill This book has opened my eyes, it has allowed me to see the history of the American Indian.
This book allowed me to see that manifest destiny was just an excuse for the "white man" to steal land, exploit Indians, rape and kill Indian women, men and children.
The American Indian hates no man, just the "white man's" system that committed genocide against them. The system that used unethical tactics to exterminate the American Indian both physically and culturally. This book will having you screaming, angry and most of all happy at the end.
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Screaming and angry because you want to travel back in time and stop some of the horrific experiences the American Indian had to endure. Happy at the end because this beautiful Lakota Woman has shared with you her story and most importantly, the story of the American Indian. This book is a must-read and will change your paradigm.
Feb 17, Amy rated it liked it Shelves: Amidst gunfire, she chose to stay and give birth to her child. It seems crazy, but she probably would have been arrested upon leaving, then would have been involuntarily sterilized after giving birth. That was the typical practice at the local Pine Ridge Hospital. From Mary Crow Dog's account, I learned that on the Pine Ridge reservation in the 70's, houses were being blown up and people murdered -- no investigations were ever started.
It had become a civil war type of situation on the reservation. The distrust, racism and anger that was so much a part of the social movements of the 70's flares up from time to time in her writing, but it's understandable. Her sense of humor makes some of the scenes laugh-out-loud funny. Nov 02, Patti rated it did not like it. I might put this book down and try it again later - it has such amazing reviews on Amazon and Goodreads, but I was unable to get into it. If I find that I'm avoiding reading, I know it's time to move on to another book.
It's very hard to grasp when in time she is writing about, and I have to keep trying to do the math to decide what year the stories are taking place. I noticed, both on a documentary I watched about the Trail of Tears and this book, that many of the Native Americans interviewed sp I might put this book down and try it again later - it has such amazing reviews on Amazon and Goodreads, but I was unable to get into it. I noticed, both on a documentary I watched about the Trail of Tears and this book, that many of the Native Americans interviewed speak about their history using the pronouns 'We' and 'us' as though the events happened to them personally, versus 'They'.
Ich habe in meinem Twitter Feed einen Link zu dem Film, der auf diesem Buch basiert, gesehen und dann diesen Film ich denke Mal gesehen, und war so ergriffen von der Geschichte von Mary Crow Dog, dass ich beschlossen habe, ich muss dieses Buch lesen.
Und so kam es, dass ich dieses Buch gelesen habe, was ein einziger Tweet doch so ausrichten kann. Erster Satz: A nation is not conquered until the hearts of its women are on the ground. Mary Crow Dog Reihe: Rebelling against the aimless drinking, punishing missionary school, narrow structures for women, and violence and hopelessness of reservation life, she joined the new movement of tribal pride sweeping Native American communities in the sixties and seventies and eventually married Leonard Crow Dog, the movement's chief medicine man, who revived the sacred but outlawed Ghost Dance.
Lakota Woman is a unique document unparalleled in American Indian literature, a story of death, of determination against all odds, and of the cruelties perpetrated against American Indians during the last several decades. It is also a deeply moving account of a woman's triumphant struggle to survive in a hostile world. Meine Gedanken: Wenn man dann noch daran denkt, dass das alles passierte bevor sie 30 wurde - ja, sie hat viel erlebt.
Viel Leid, aber auch Stolz, und sie war zu einer entscheidenden Zeit am richtigen Ort. Zu viele Gedanken schwirren in meinem Kopf um sie alle zu Papier zu bringen.
Es gibt von mir nicht nur eine Leseempfehlung, sondern eine Verpflichtung es zu lesen. Ich finde, dass jeder dieses Buch gelesen haben muss. The traditional old, full-blood medicine men joined in with us kids.
Not the middle-aged adults. They were of a lost generation which had given up all hope, necktie-wearers waiting for the Great White Father to do for them.
It was the real old folks who had spirit and wisdom to give us. The grandfathers and grandmothers who still remembered a time when Indians were Indians , whose own grandparents or even parents had fought Custer gun in hand, people who for us were living links with a great past.
We were betraying the cause of womankind, was the way she put it. We told her that her kind of women's lib was a white, middle-class thing, and that at this critical stage we had other priorities. Once our men had gotten their rights and their balls back, we might start arguing with them about who should do the dishes. But not before. He is buried on the hill by the ditch, joining the ghosts of all the other Sioux killed at Wounded Knee.
His headstone says: One stayed. I saw a link in my Twitter Feed to the movie that is based on this book, and after having seen it for times I was so touched by the story of Mary Crow Dog that I decided I have to read this book. And so it came that I read this book, what a single tweet can make happen, right? First sentence: Additional information: Mary Crow Dog Series: My thoughts: There are too many paragraphs I want to quote in this book, because this life really was no ordinary one.
From the Trail of Broken Treaties, to the Siege at Wounded Knee in , which lasted 71 days and where she had her baby. When you also think about her being less than 30 when all of this happened, yes, she has experienced a lot.
Much pain, much pride, and she was at the right time at the right place. I don't know how to get my thoughts on the paper, because this book is such a roller-coaster.
It's a book about a People who has had restrictions on nearly everything. To practice religion, locked away in reservations, being lied to again and again. It's a book about very courageous humans, that have risked to lose their lives for sovereignty. Too many thoughts are in my head to get them down to paper. Not only a recommendation, but a obligation to read it. A deeply feminist book, my god, this woman had enough courage for two! Aug 09, Anne rated it liked it. Without a father, and uncertain of her identity, Mary Crow Dog tells the story of being a woman in a fiercely macho society intent on raising warriors.
She tells of the historical struggle of her people - the Oglala Sioux - against the United States government, and the abuse she suffered in Catholic schools. Mary Crow Dog provides insight into the hopelessness and helplessness of Native Americans in the United States, and how those feelings translate into such high rates of alcoholism and suicide, and what such an identity among a people does to its women.
She speaks with pride about the Ghost Dance and her experiences in sweat lodges and the power of her people. Her story is simply told, and while she explains her experiences with some insight - in terms of individual and group psychology - at times it seems a bit too simplistic. What is clear is that Mary Crow Dog has witnessed and survived unspeakable trauma - and she has told a version of her story.
While she is a strong woman who wants to speak out against the abuse suffered by Native American women, she is also clearly loyal to her husband and to her tribal way of life. She feels different because of her half-breed status, but other than stating that she is at all times at outsider, she did not adequately articulate the treatment she received because of this. Lakota Woman is an important window into the lives of Native Americas - into their culture and all the traditions that merit so much pride - but also into the destruction and terror caused by the United States government.
The book left me with many questions about the Pine Ridge reservation and the Sioux people, and I hope to find other books that will help me to better understand these myriad issues. Jul 26, MsAprilVincent rated it really liked it Shelves: I don't know her side of the family well, but I feel drawn to our history. Mary Crow Dog grew up poor, on a reservation, in South Dakota. Ongoing attempts to assimilate Indian people to white culture include sending kids away to boarding school, where oftentimes they were mistreated and, it seems, the nuns tried to "beat the red 4.
Ongoing attempts to assimilate Indian people to white culture include sending kids away to boarding school, where oftentimes they were mistreated and, it seems, the nuns tried to "beat the red out of them. She finds a purpose in American Indian Movement AIM and takes part in the siege at Wounded Knee in , which was a protest against the failed impeachment of a corrupt tribal politician and brought attention to the many injustices perpetrated by the US government against its native people.
The siege, as described by Mary, was an almost ridiculous escalation by the government, who armed themselves against protestors as though they were going into an actual military battle.