Ohitika Woman

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Open Road + Grove/Atlantic, Nov 18, 2014 - Biography & Autobiography - 304 pages
In this follow-up to her acclaimed memoir Lakota Woman, the bestselling author shares “a grim yet gripping account” of Native American life (The Boston Globe).
In this stirring sequel to the now-classic Lakota Woman, Mary Brave Bird continues the chronicle of her life with the same grit, passion, and piercing insight. It is a tale of ancient glory and present anguish, of courage and despair, of magic and mystery, and, above all, of the survival of both body and mind.
Having returned home from Wounded Knee in 1973 and gotten married to American Indian movement leader Leonard Crow Dog, Mary became a mother who had hope of a better life. But, as she says, “Trouble always finds me.” With brutal frankness she bares her innermost thoughts, recounting the dark as well as the bright moments in her tumultuous life. She talks about the stark truths of being a Native American living in a white-dominated society as well as her experience of being a mother, a woman, and, rarest of all, a Sioux feminist. Filled with contrasts, courage, and endurance, Ohitika Woman is a powerful testament to Mary’s will and spirit.

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Native American activist Brave Bird—whose autobiography Lakota Woman (1990; written under the author's former married name of Crow Dog) will soon be released as a film directed by Jane Fonda—returns ... Read full review

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Under the Tempe Bridge
Living on Beer Commodities and Love
On a Tear
Bleeding Always Stops If You Press Down Hard Enough
Moon Power
The Land Is Our Blood
Selling the Medicine
A New Love

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The Granddaddy of Them
Big Mountain
The Iron House
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About the author (2014)

Richard Erdoes is one of America’s leading writers on Native American affairs. He is the author of eleven books, including Lame Deer: Seeker of Visions, The Sun Dance People, and The Pueblo Indians.

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