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Woman Walking Ahead: In Search of Catherine Weldon and Sitting Bull Hardcover – August 14, 2002
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Catherine Weldon was one of a small group of advocates in the late 19th century who believed that Native Americans should be free to live on their lands in the traditional manner. She traveled from her native Brooklyn to the Dakota Territory in an effort to help Sitting Bull retain his land. In this study, Pollack (English, Univ. of Michigan) isn't sure whether to tell Weldon's story or to recount her search for information on Weldon but finally opts for the latter. The result is not entirely successful. Specialists will be disappointed at the casual footnoting and the lack of analytical rigor. General readers will appreciate that Pollack tries to enliven her text by suggesting what her characters might have said or done (though without providing a sound basis for her suppositions), but they will weary of the details of microfilm read. This is unfortunate, for Pollack makes it clear that enough material exists for a solid history of an aspect of the Indian rights movement that has received scant attention. For large public and academic libraries that support detailed field research. Stephen H. Peters, Northern Michigan Univ. Lib., Marquette
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". . Pollack shows us that in the Victorian era, Weldon did indeed walk ahead of her time." (Gateway Heritage)
"It is a fascinating historical side trip and a detective story full of false leads, tantilizing clues, and ultimate satisfaction." (The Explorers Journal)
". . . this account is fascinating." (Great Plains Quarterly)
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Some of the key questions raised for me by this book are: what does it mean to be an insider, or an outsider, in a particular group or in a country? Does the outsider have any possibility of understanding/aiding/participating in another culture? How do we help or harm each other? Which tragedies are preventable, and which inevitable, and why? Pollack seems to show the same courage and dedication as her subject -- Sitting Bull's great-great-granddaughter invited her to participate in ceremonies not usually open to outsiders. Her trust is well repaid by this remarkable book.