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Lakota Woman [Paperback]

Mary Crow Dog , Richard Erdoes
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30 Jun 2011
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 reservation life, she joined the new movement of tribal pride sweeping Native American communities in the sixties and seventies. Mary eventually married Leonard Crow Dog, the American Indian Movement's chief medicine man, who revived the sacred but outlawed Ghost Dance. Originally published in 1990, "Lakota Woman" was a national best seller and winner of the American Book Award. It is a unique document, unparalleled in American Indian literature, a story of death, of determination against all odds, of the cruelties perpetuated against American Indians, and of the Native American struggle for rights. Working with Richard Erdoes, one of the twentieth century's leading writers on Native American affairs, Brave Bird recounts her difficult upbringing and the path of her fascinating life.

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  • Paperback: 263 pages
  • Publisher: Grove Press / Atlantic Monthly Press; Reprint edition (30 Jun 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802145426
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802145420
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 13.7 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 308,531 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for "Lakota Woman""Inspirational."--"The Midwest Book Review""A gritty, convincing document of one woman's struggle to overcome poverty and oppression in order to live in dignity as an American Indian."--"Kirkus Reviews"""Lakota Woman" is a view from the inside."--"San Francisco Chronicle""A powerful autobiography ... feisty and determined, warm and even funny, sometimes given to outbursts of rage or sorrow or enthusiasm, always unpretentious and straightforward." --"Chicago Tribune""Stunningly honest .... The courage, nobility, morality, and humor that fill the pages of this book should be required reading." --David Amram"The moving story of a Native American woman who fought her way out of despair and bitterness to find the righteous ways of her ancestors."--William M. Kunstler"A piercing look into the ancient yet modern mind of a Sioux woman." --Oliver Stone"Her searing autobiography is courageous, impassioned, poetic, and inspirational." --"Publishers Weekly"

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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Mary Crow Dog highlights the cruel depths of intrigue and depravity that the U.S. government and ciitzens, including some natives can sink to. She writes in a heart rendingly personal tone about the hardships she has faced because of instituitionalized and individual racism and how she fought it and continues to do so while holding her head high, despite often devestating circumstances. A tragedy with some hope and lots of heart.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A breathtaking autobiography.............. 17 Feb 1999
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A breathtaking autobiography by Mary Crow Dog. This autobiography dipicts the life of an Native American in South Dakota in the seventies you see this through the eyes of a young girl from childhood to adulthood. Mary tells it how it was and spares no detail which makes this book very powerful. You see the racism that the Native Americans had to go through and also their struggles against society to gain freedom. This book is a must read for anybody who's interested in Native American Culture and the struggle they had to go through to be considered equal to whites.
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Born on a Sioux reservation in the Dakotas to a wayward father and a mother who left the traditional life for Christianity, Mary Crow Dog overcomes the difficulties of a young Native American girl to become a leader in her people's movement. This autobiography follows her early days in a Christian school and culminates with her protesting and giving birth at the 1973 Wounded Knee standoff between the troubled Lakota Sioux and the US government. Written in a conversational style, the book is tragic and, at times, funny as Crow Dog demonstrates her incredible strength and sense of humour in the face of seemingly unstoppable adversity. A stunning read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A female narrative - About time! 16 Feb 2010
By Mooji
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I've read a lot of books about AIM and the history of Native Americans and the First Nations. So far Russell Mean's autobiography is the one I go back to time and time again. I'd alqays wanted to know more about the women and their views and their thoughts. They were the ones that held families together whilst there were demonstrations and riots but they got very little coverage.
Lakota Woman was recommended to me and I cant believe it's taken me so long to discover it. Mary Crow Dog isn't a wonderful story teller - her narrative weaves in and out of a chronological order, and I'd have to sit back and put it all into place, but after a while I really got into it. Mary is talking to us - she's not writing to us. She's telling the story as though we were sat at her kitchen table.
There is little to read of her life growing up - typically indian for the 50s. She does reference the difficulties she faced, but it's when she gets more involved with AIM that we learn more about Mary and her dry sense of humour.
She describes how she learns to take pride in her culture, learning more about the ways of her people. She describes the sense of excitement during Wounded Knee, bring part of something so important and seeing her family and friends around her injured and killed. You never hear her say "It's not fair" which is something I think I'd have trouble not saying, but she constantly comments on how indians have a whole other way of being treated.
Lakota Woman won't give you any real insight into the political history of AIM, or any detailed information of Native civil rights, but it will tell you the story of a woman learning to take pride in her culture and heritage. I thoroughly enjoyed this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Autobiography 25 Aug 2013
By Jan H
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Mary Crow Dog highlighted the ongoing difficulties suffered by her people on the Indian reservations in America in this autobiography. A brave and spirited lady - I was sorry to read that she died earlier this year.
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By Grey
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I have read several books on the Native American History as I really enjoy the understanding they show for the earth and all living things. This was more as it really made me feel a little as to how much suffering we have caused to the natural balance not only of a gentle people but a way of life destroyed without any consideration. The best book I have read so far on this subject.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lakota Woman 18 Mar 2013
By Inger
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I just started reading this book, I like it and find it very interesting, it gives a good picture of how it is to grow up in a reservation
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent book
this book was in the condition described and arrived promptly. It gave a new and interesting insight into that period of history and was a valuable addition to my collection.
Published 20 months ago by Steve
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, slow service
Great book, anything by richard Erdoes is fantastic so I was ready to read it. Slow postal service though.
Published on 19 Mar 2011 by Missie Kinicki
5.0 out of 5 stars Breathtaking
Rarely have I bought a book and read it from cover to cover on the same day. This story of Mary Crow Dog is written in a conversational style and chronicles her life growing up as... Read more
Published on 2 Oct 2010 by Alastair Rosie
4.0 out of 5 stars Great reading about ourselves
Very good report about people who carry on human message of their own. To majority of crew from reality show Treasure island ,perhaps too real to show. Read more
Published on 17 Jun 2010 by Z. Hanzlik
5.0 out of 5 stars Half breed to Lakota
Born on the Dakota reservation, a half -blood, fatherless with a mother who left the traditional life for Christianity, Mary Brave Bird overcomes the difficulties facing a young... Read more
Published on 2 Nov 2008 by -Mrs Gillian M. Scott
3.0 out of 5 stars an eye opening tale unfortunately presented in a bland tone.
i found mary crow dog's style to be bland although it was very graphic. perhaps having to read this book as an assignment jaded me but i found it hard to stay awake. Read more
Published on 15 April 1999
4.0 out of 5 stars A breathtaking autobiography..............
A breathtaking autobiography by Mary Crow Dog. This autobiography dipicts the life of an Native American in South Dakota in the seventies you see this through the eyes of a young... Read more
Published on 17 Feb 1999
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