Dreams and Thunder: Stories, Poems, and The Sun Dance Opera

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U of Nebraska Press, 2001 - Literary Criticism - 171 pages
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Zitkala-?a (Red Bird) (1876?1938), also known as Gertrude Simmons Bonnin, was one of the best-known and most influential Native Americans of the twentieth century. Born on the Yankton Sioux Reservation, she remained true to her indigenous heritage as a student at the Boston Conservatory and a teacher at the Carlisle Indian School, as an activist in turn attacking the Carlisle School, as an artist celebrating Native stories and myths, and as an active member of the Society of American Indians in Washington DC. All these currents of Zitkala-?a?s rich life come together in this book, which presents her previously unpublished stories, rare poems, and the libretto of The Sun Dance Opera.
 

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Contents

Illustrations
45
Transcription of Squirrel Man and His Double
78
PiYehKahNumpTransfigured
87
the Lost School Boy
93
Ballad
107
Iris of Life
113
William F Hanson and ZitkalaSa
124
Overture and Prologue
131
Act II
137
Act IV
144
Sunset March
150
Bibliography
161
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About the author (2001)

Zitkala-?a is the author of American Indian Stories and Iktomi and the Ducks and Other Sioux Stories, both available in Bison Books editions. P. Jane Hafen (Taos Pueblo) is an associate professor of English at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and the coeditor of A Great Plains Reader, available in a Bison Books edition.

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