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Mourning Dove (Christine Quintasket) spent her adult years justifying the ways of Native Americans to whites. Born into Colville Confederated Tribes in 1885 or 1888, she became an ethnographer, orator, pamphleteer, teacher, and novelist, believing that her description and analysis of Native American ways would ensure better treatment for her people. In the scholarly introduction to her unfinished autobiography, editor Miller describes his work with the Colvilles and his acquisition of Mourning Dove's manuscripts and notes, which he arranges according to important customs and cyclical/seasonal activities. Mourning Dove's evocation of the complexities of tribal life is irresistible, full of acutely remembered conversations, ceremonies, and events. "What kept us going," she says, "was the knowledge that everything on earth has its purpose, every disease an herb to cure it, and every person a mission. That is the Indian theory of existence." Notes, references, and photographs provide additional perspectives. Recommended for academic libraries and Native American collections.
- Rhoda Carroll, Vermont Coll., Montpelier
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"An exciting story that transports the reader to another time and place. . . . Anyone interested in American Indian history, culture, religion, and literature should read this informative volume that was produced at such great cost. "Mourning Dove" literally gave her life to do this work, and Jay Miller has painstakingly edited it to share the words and wisdom of Humishuma with the non-Salish world."-"American Indian Culture and Research Journal,"



"Mourning Dove's evocation of the complexities of tribal life is irresistible, full of acutely remembered conversations, ceremonies, and events."-Library Journal. "The accounts of guardian spirit quest, of seeking medicinal power, of winter dancing, seancind rite, and the sweatlodge unite cultural knowledge and personal experience in a compelling way. The perspective on history through the experience of her family is immensely valuable as well."-Dell Hymes, "Canadian Journal of Native Studies,"

"[This] autobiography artfully weaves tribal history, Salishan traditions, and a wealth of information of the female life cycle with the story of [Christine] Quintasket's own childhood and coming of age on the Colville Reservation in Washington. "Mourning Dove" is a rare and important study of the Interior Salish people during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Miller, by providing thoughtful editing and constructive footnotes, have given new life to Mourning Dove's narrative."-"Western Historical Quarterly,"

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Product Details

  • Series: American Indian Lives
  • Paperback: 267 pages
  • Publisher: Bison Books (February 1, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803282079
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803282070
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #450,201 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on October 22, 2001
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I found this book to be a good source of information about Native American life at the turn of the century. Every aspect of life was covered, at times through stories about the author's life and at other times through her descriptions and explanations. The book is not written in chronological order, so it was confusing to follow in certain sections. Overall, Mourning Dove's experience of living both the traditional nomadic and then the settled Indian life is a fascinating one, well worth reading about by anyone interested in these subjects. As a feminist, I also found her description of the role of women in her culture to be revelatory.
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By David on November 28, 2010
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I have been looking for books like Pretty-shield (Second Edition): Medicine Woman of the Crows (Second Edition) and Nisa: The Life and Words of a !Kung Woman for a while, and this book is in the same ilk. The books The Original Instructions: Reflections of an Elder on the Teachings of the Elders, Adapting Ancient Wisdom to the Twenty-First Century, RETURN TO CREATION, and Journey to the Ancestral Self: The Native Lifeway Guide to Living in Harmony With Earth Mother, Book 1 (Bk.1) got me started on seeking to understand indigenous lifeways, and I've read a lot, and lived the skills as possible. Well worth the read. Perhaps other reviewers might suggest similar books?
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After knowing OF Mourning Dove for over 20 years in my school life.It was not till the internet,that I fully got to know MORE about her.Library books,were only so limited.But thanx to the internet,doing research on herwas well worth it.Her books"Morning Dove" a Salishan Biography,and "Cogewea" are both very well written.So as not to have favorites,I love both of her works.I highly reccomend them.You will gain a better appreciate the Native American Culture after reading about her,her life and her struggles.
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Very moving book. Great Native American Story that everyone could learn from. Author is a great Aunt to my friend. He never met her but can read about her life and his ancestry through this book.
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