Grandmother's grandchild: my Crow Indian life

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University of Nebraska Press, 2000 - Biography & Autobiography - 213 pages
"I became what the Crows callkaalisbaapitea 'grandmother's grandchild.' That means that I was always with my Grandma, and I learned from her. I learned how to do things in the old ways."Alma Hogan Snell Grandmother's Grandchildis the remarkable story of Alma Hogan Snell, a Crow woman brought up by her grandmother, the famous medicine woman Pretty Shield. Snell grew up during the 1920s and 1930s, part of the second generation of Crows to be born into reservation life. Like many of her contemporaries, she experienced poverty, personal hardships, and prejudice and left home to attend federal Indian schools. What makes Snell's story particularly engaging is her exceptional storytelling style. She is frank and passionate, and these qualities yield a memoir unlike those of most Native women. The complex reservation world of Crow womenharsh yet joyous, impoverished yet rich in meaningunfolds for readers. Snell's experiences range from the forging of an unforgettable bond between grandchild and grandmother to the flowering of an extraordinary love story that has lasted more than five decades.

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Contents

Grandmothers Grandchild
27
Pretty Shield and Goes Ahead
43
Turning the Storm
76
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Becky Matthews teaches history at Columbus State University in Columbus, Georgia. Peter Nabokov is Professor of World Arts and Cultures at the University of California at Los Angeles. He is the author of Two Leggings: The Making of a Crow Warrior (Nebraska 1982) and other works.

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