UNAVAILABLE As agency physician on the Pine Ridge Reservation from 1896 to 1914, Dr. James R. Walker recorded a wealth of information on the traditional lifeways of the Oglala Sioux. Lakota Society presents the primary accounts of Walker's informants and his syntheses dealing with the organization of camps and bands, kinship systems, beliefs, ceremonies, hunting, warfare, and methods of measuring time.
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.
Sacred Fireplace (Oceti Wakan): Life and Teachings of a Lakota Medicine Man is a collection of writings, speeches, philosophical perspectives, and commentary on Lakota Sioux worldview and ceremonies. Peter S. Catches is the respected medicine man from the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. His son, Peter V. Catches, compiled the writings so that readers can learn firsthand about the life and insights of a revered spiritual leader. The elder Catches is credited with reviving the Sun Dance ceremony on the Pine Ridge Reservation during the 1960s.
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.
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.
UNAVAILABLE Oglala Religion seeks to explain how the Oglala Sioux has preserved its social and cultural identity despite formidable attempts by the U.S. government to eliminate tribal societies. Treating continuity and change as two aspects of the same phenomenon, it focuses on the nature of the uniquely Oglala values that persist, their modes of cultural expression, and the processes by which they are replicated. William K. Powers was a professor of anthropology at Livingston College, Rutgers University.