By Mary Crow Dog, Richard Erdoes
Originally released in 1990, Lakota Woman used to be a countrywide most sensible vendor and winner of the yankee publication Award. it's a detailed record, remarkable in American Indian literature, a narrative of loss of life, of decision opposed to all odds, of the cruelties perpetuated opposed to American Indians, and of the local American fight for rights. operating with Richard Erdoes, one of many 20th century's best writers on local American affairs, courageous fowl recounts her tricky upbringing and the trail of her interesting life.
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