- Paperback: 163 pages
- Publisher: Bison Books (August 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0803266146
- ISBN-13: 978-0803266148
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.4 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #388,663 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ella Deloria could speak intimately about Indian ways because she belonged to a Yankton Sioux family. A distinguished scholar who studied with Franz Boas at Columbia University, she had the gift of language and the understanding necessary to bridge races. Originally published in 1944, this book is an important source of information about Dakota culture and a classic in its elegant clarity of insight.
Beginning with a general discussion of American Indian origins, language families, and culture areas, Deloria then focuses on her own people, the Dakotas, and the intricate kinship system that governed all aspects of their life. She writes, "Exacting and unrelenting obedience to kinship demands made the Dakotas a most kind, unselfish people, always acutely aware of those about them and innately courteous."
Deloria goes on to show the painful transition to reservation and how th holdover of the kinship system worked against Indians trying to follow white notions of progress and success. Her ideas about what both races must do to participate fully in American life are as cogent now as when they were first written.
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Deloria explains the Indian male's loss of life goals once Indians were moved to the reservation. She also explains other challenges that Indians face and suggested ways of resolving.
This is required reading for anyone planning to work on a reservation or working with Indians in our cities or towns.
Deloria’s approach reflects her mentor, anthropologist Franz Boaz, and the concerns of 1944. For example, she describes the lives of Indians in the armed forces or who moved to the cities to work in defense industries. Her speculations on how their return will affect Dakota society hold up fairly well.
Her writing style is lively, and the book is concise at about 150 pages. A classic book that is still worth reading today.
I commend Ms. Deloria on what she has done for her people and bringing to light some experiences that were lived, both good and bad. There is a wealth of information in this book and it will become quite helpful when I reference it for my senior paper.