With My Own Eyes: A Lakota Woman Tells Her People's History

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University of Nebraska Press, 1998 - History - 187 pages
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With My Own Eyes tells the history of the nineteenth-century Lakotas. Susan Bordeaux Bettelyoun (1857-1945), the daughter of a French-American fur trader and a Brule Lakota woman, was raised near Fort Laramie and experienced firsthand the often devastating changes forced on the Lakotas.

As Bettelyoun grew older, she became increasingly dissatisfied with the way Lakota history was being written by non-Natives. Combining an oral narrative style with written sources, With My Own Eyes represents Bettelyoun's attempt to correct misconceptions about Lakota history. Her narrative was recorded during the 1930s by another Lakota historian, Josephine Waggoner. The collaboration of the two women produced a detailed, insightful account of the dispossession of their people. Although long regarded as a valuable source by historians, this unique work was never previously published.

Scrupulously and meticulously edited by scholar Emily Levine, With My Own Eyes has been restored to its original text and annotated. It now takes its rightful place alongside other histories of the Lakotas.

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Born in 1859 to James Bordeaux, a trader at Fort Laramie, and Hunjtkalutawin or Red Cormorant Woman, who was prominent in the Brul Lakota community, Bettelyoun here recollects 19th-century Sioux life ... Read full review

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Josephine Waggoner
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My Mother Hurjtkalutawirj
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AtLaramic
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