Honor the Grandmothers

Honor the Grandmothers

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In this poignant collection of oral histories, four Indian elders recount their life stories in their own quiet but uncompromising words. Growing up and living in Minnesota and the Dakotas, Stella Pretty Sounding Flute and Iola Columbus (Dakota) and Celane Not Help Him and Cecelia Hernandez Montgomery (Lakota) share recollections of early family life interrupted by years at government boarding schools designed to eradicate tribal culture. Recounting their complex lives, the grandmothers reveal how they survived difficult circumstances to become activists in Indian politics, reconciling urban with reservation life and Christianity with native spirituality. Defying stereotypes, these clear and forthright voices are unforgettable.I learned how to tan hides from my grandma Alice Beard and her older sister Sally Staber. Grandma Beard showed me how to tan deer hide, and antelope, and Grandma Staber show me how to make smoked hide; she use a corn cob andanbsp;...

Title:Honor the Grandmothers
Author:Sarah Penman
Publisher:Minnesota Historical Society Press - 2008-10-14


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