While grammar errors abound and the story often seems disjointed, Crow Dog's true-life account of the AIM movement of the 70s gives a rare glimpse into a world not many try--or are able to--venture into. The prose is filled with emotion and while things never quite end up how the reader thinks they are going to, Crow Dog does provide an intimate portrait into the lives and treatment of a group of Native Americans.
A good perspectice of a woman in a culture very different than most people in America.
Very powerful autobiography of Mary Brave Bird, who grew up in a one-room cabin without running water or electricity on a South Dakota reservation. A moving 'view from the inside'. Excellent read. Over 250 pages.
From the back cover: "Mary Brave Bird grew up fatherless in a one-room cabin, without running water or electricity, on a South Dakota reservation. Rebelling against the aimless drinking, punishing missionary school, narrow strictures for women, and violence and hopelessness of reservation life, she joined the new movement of tribal pride sweeping Native American communities in the sixties and seventies and eventually married Leonard Crow Dog, the movement's chief medicine man, who revived the sacred but outlawed Ghost Dance. LAKOTA WOMAN is a unique document unparalleled in American Indian literature, a story of death, of determination against all odds, and of the cruelties perpetrated against American Indians during the last severl decades. It is also a deeply moving account of a woman's triumphant struggle to survive in a hostile world."
Very interesting to hear the story from the side of the Indians.