Brave Hearts: Indian Women of the Plains

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Rowman & Littlefield, Oct 1, 2016 - Biography & Autobiography - 336 pages
Brave Hearts: Indian Women of the Plains tells the story of Plains Indian women through a series of fascinating vignettes. They are a remarkable group of women – some famous, some obscure. Some were hunters, some were warriors and, in a rare case, one was a chief; some lived extraordinary lives, while others lived more quietly in their lodges. Some were born into traditional families and knew their place in society while others were bi-racial who struggled to find their place in a world conflicted between Indian and white. Some never knew anything but the old, nomadic way of life while others lived-on to suffer through the reservation years. Others were born on the reservation but did their best in difficult times to keep to the old ways. Some never left the reservation while others ventured out into the larger world. All, in their own way, were Plains Indian women.
 

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Contents

Woman Chief Leader of Her People
1
Osh Tisch Becoming a Woman
5
Running Eagle
15
Buffalo Calf Road Warrior Woman
20
Kate Bighead Wartime Reporter
29
Iron Teeth StrongWilled Survivor
38
Medicine Snake Woman Embracing the White World
51
Eagle Woman Peace Emissary
59
The La Flesche Sisters Walking in Two Worlds
159
Josephine Waggoner Lakota Historian
192
ZitkalaŠa Woman of the World
215
Lost Bird Sacred Child of the Wounded Knee Battlefield
236
Mary Brave Bird Defender of Her People
252
SuAnne Big Crow Shooting Star
275
Rosebud Yellow Robe Living in the Big City
286
Lillian Bullshows Hogan A Plain Crow Indian Woman
296

Cynthia Ann Parker White Comanche
70
Monahsetah Custers Captive Wife
86
Pretty Shield Remembering the Old Days
104
Buffalo Bird Woman Keeping the Traditions Alive
120
Josephine Crowfeather Catholic Nun
136
Sanapia Comanche Medicine Woman
146
Acknowledgments
311
Bibliography
316
Index
330
About the Author
344
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Joseph Agonito, PhD, an award-winning author, has published three books, as well as numerous popular and scholarly articles, and produced three film documentaries. He is the co-author of Buffalo Calf Road Woman: The Story of a Warrior of the Little Bighorn, based on a true story, which won the 2006 Western Heritage Award for Outstanding Novel. He also won the Nebraska State Historical Society’s Sellers Memorial Award for an Outstanding Original Contribution published in Nebraska History, “Young Man Afraid of His Horses: The Reservation Years,” and three film awards for his documentary work. His most recent book was Lakota Portraits: Lives of the Legendary Plains People. Professor Emeritus of American History, he specializes in the Plains Indians and the American West. Agonito has lectured widely on these and other topics.

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