Pretty-shield, Medicine Woman of the Crows

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University of Nebraska Press, 1972 - Crow Indians - 256 pages
Originally published in 1932 as Red Mother, this book was perhaps the first record of the women’s side of Indian life, and it has become a classic work in its field.

Pretty-shield told her story to Frank Linderman through an interpreter and using the sign language. A medicine woman of the Crows, she was one of the few who remembered what it was like before the white man came and the buffalo went away. She tells about the simple games and dolls of an Indian childhood and the duties of the girls and women—setting up the lodges, dressing the skins, picking berries, digging roots, cooking. From her account we learn about courtship, marriage, childbirth and the care of babies, about medicine-dreams, the care of the sick, and the dangers and joys of womanhood among men whose lives were spent in hunting and fighting.

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User Review  - gary - Borders

This is a warm human book about a woman who was a young wife with children during the battle of the little big horn. She recounts her life story from childhood to the reservation in a lengthy ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jesse - Goodreads

I read this in collage, and I don't really remember what it's all about but I liked it. Good read for anyone interested in cultures and an indepth look at a specific place in time. Read full review


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About the author (1972)

Frank B. Linderman was born in Ohio in 1869 and in 1885 went to Montana. His early years there were spent as trapper, hunter, and cowboy. He was intimately associated with the Crows and other Indian tribes. Linderman’s Plenty-Coups: Chief of the Crows, is also a Bison Book.

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