Speaking of Indians is a reprint of the 1944 publication written by Ella Deloria (1889-1971). Born on the Yankton Reservation, she spent her childhood on the Standing Rock Reservation. As a prominent scholar Ella studied with Franz Boas at Columbia University and her published works represent her study of the Dakota language and her passion for her promoting understanding of her community. This volume written during the war years was originally intended for a Christian missionary audience who were championing "Indian" issues.
Singing for a Spirit - A Portrait of the Dakota Sioux by noted Sioux author and historian Vine Deloria Jr represents an interesting combination of family history combined with Sioux oral tradition and historical writings by a Non-Native author. Deloria explains in his introduction that his family has always wanted to set the record straight in response to Sarah Olden's book, The People of Tipi Sapa, written in 1918. Tipi Sapa was a Yankton Sioux Chief, prominent Episcopal clergyman, and Vine Deloria's grandfather.
The Native Stories from Keepers of the Animals contains 24 traditional stories from Indigenous North American Nations retold by Joseph Bruchac. This rich collection of stories is organized around the importance of our relatives, the animals. From creation, celebration, vision, and survival, the reader is introduced to these important stories about animals that contain several teachings.
Waterlily, published after Ella Deloria's death and generally viewed as the masterpiece of her career, offers a captivating glimpse into the daily life of the nineteenth-century Sioux. When Blue Bird and her grandmother leave their family's camp to gather beans for the long, threatening winter, they inadvertently avoid the horrible fate that befalls the rest of the family. Luckily, the two women are adopted by a nearby Dakota community and are eventually integrated into their kinship circles.