Bear Dancer: The Story of a Ute Girl

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Simon and Schuster, Sep 27, 2005 - Juvenile Fiction - 192 pages
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Elk Girl, sister of a Ute chief, lives a traditional life with her tribe high in the Rocky Mountains in 1860. Elk Girl is bold: She loves to hunt deer with her brother, and she races her pony to win. She also knows the importance of ceremonies like the Bear Dance, which wakes the bears from hibernation and celebrates spring.

But all of that changes when Cheyenne warriors capture Elk Girl. They take her to the Great Plains and make her a slave. On the Plains, Elk Girl encounters white men for the first time, and she sees how the Cheyenne have come to depend on their handouts. She also sees the truth of what her brother has told her: The white men are the real enemy. Their soldiers are everywhere. Even if Elk Girl could escape, how would she get home?

Thelma Hatch Wyss has crafted a moving story based on the life of a real girl. It is both a gripping personal adventure and a compelling look at two cultures confronting each other at a pivotal time of change.


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Bear Dancer: the story of a Ute girl by Thelma Hatch Wyss (2005) Written by award-winning author, Thelma Hatch Wyss, Bear Dancer is the story of Elk Girl. Elk Girl was a member of the Ute Tribe who ... Read full review

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i love this book ive read it once but i want to read it again

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About the author (2005)

Thelma Hatch Wyss lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. She is the author

of Here at the Scenic-Vu Motel, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults;

Ten Miles from Winnemucca, a Junior Library Guild Selection and a

Bank Street College Best Book of the Year; and on the McElderry list,

Bear Dancer: The Story of a Ute Girl, which won the Mountains &

Plains Independent Booksellers Association Regional Book Award and was on

the New York Public Library's "100 Titles for Reading and Sharing" list.