When Blue Bird and her grandmother leave their family?s camp to gather beans for the long, threatening winter, they inadvertently avoid the horrible fate that befalls the rest of the family. Luckily, the two women are adopted by a nearby Dakota community and are eventually integrated into their kinship circles. Ella Cara Deloria?s tale follows Blue Bird and her daughter, Waterlily, through the intricate kinship practices that created unity among her people.
Waterlily, published after Deloria?s death and generally viewed as the masterpiece of her career, offers a captivating glimpse into the daily life of the nineteenth-century Sioux. This new Bison Books edition features an introduction by Susan Gardner and an index.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - LyndaInOregon - LibraryThing
This is one of those books for which the background as important as the work itself. Author Ella Cara Deloria was born in 1889 on the Yankton Sioux Reservation and lived as a child on the Standing ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - quaintlittlehead - LibraryThing
Anyone familiar with the works of Laura Ingalls Wilder should pick up this book for a complementary view of prairie life from a Native American perspective. Deloria was an impressive scholar who ... Read full review