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

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U of Nebraska Press, Jun 1, 2005 - Social Science - 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 All these currents of Zitkala-?a?s rich life come together in this book, which presents her previously unpublished stories, rare poems, and the libretto ofThe Sun Dance Opera.
 

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Contents

The Buffalo Woman
7
When the Buffalo Herd Went West
13
Buzzard Skin and the Sea Monsters
21
The Hawk Woman
27
The Boy and the Rainbow
35
The Stone Boy and the Grizzly
41
Illustrations
45
The Making of Thunder People
55
Child Dancer
87
Search for Bear Claws
93
Dreams
99
Ballad
107
Iris of Life
113
William F Hanson and ZitkalaSa
124
Overture and Prologue
131
Act II
137

Zicha the Squirrel and Iktomi
65
The Witch Woman
71
Squirrel Man and His Double
77
Transcription of Squirrel Man and His Double
78
Sunset March
150
Bibliography
161
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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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