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Sneve, author of stories for children about Native American culture (High Elk's Treasure), here details her family history. Descended from three branches of Sioux (the Santee, Teton and Yankton), Sneve consulted archival records and published sources to supplement the oral histories and legends that had been passed down to her by her grandmothers, whom Sneve remembers as religious, hardworking and loving individuals. They were devout Christians as a result of missionary work among Native Americans, and both women gave Sneve a respect for her Sioux cultural heritage. Her paternal grandmother, Flora Driving Hawk, was an expert quilter; Sneve's memories of her grandmother's stitching inspired her to fashion quilts of her own. Sneve also describes the suffering imposed on her great-grandmothers and grandmothers by the U.S. government when they were forced into reservation life. Of greatest interest to historians. Photos.
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Sneve, a Lakota Sioux Indian, is best known for her children's books about Sioux life and culture. In her latest book she tells the story of what she calls "the neglected feminine half" of her family. The author spent several years researching records and interviewing relatives and now tells of her great-grandmother's grandmother, Shots through the Breast, who was a mixed-blood Ponca, and Shots through the Breast's mother, who was taken captive by an enemy band of Crows, reared as a Crow woman, and eventually escaped and returned to her Ponca tribe. Sneve then follows the family through succeeding generations up to the present. This is storytelling at its best as Sneve combines history, legend, and autobiography to create a loving look at a fascinating people. Twenty-three black-and-white photographs are included. George Cohen --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Series: North American Indian Prose Award
  • Paperback: 121 pages
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press; New Edition, 1st Printing edition (September 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803292546
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803292543
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,836,605 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Lady Of the Dark Tower on April 10, 2014
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I attended South Dakota State U. when Virginia Driving Hawk was there, and have happily followed her excellent career as a writer of her people. She gives a simple and clear idea of the Sioux and others, from our home state of South Dakota. I recall her as having been chosen Miss SDSU, and the Miss America people informed the chosers that only WHITE girls were eligible! Of course that stupidity brought a boycott of the pageant by all colleges in the state. The next year Miss America was a black girl. And Virginia continued with her excellent career as a great writer of her people.
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By GRACIE on August 28, 2013
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I ordered this with other books at the same time and received this one first! Perfect condition, like new! Wonderful true story. The authors mom's sure name Posey, is my hushand's family name. Very cool!
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