Waterlily Author:Ella Cara Deloria "Ella Cara Deloria's Waterlily is the magnificently detailed saga of the eponymous heroine and her mother, Blue Bird - two Dakota Sioux women who come of age before the white settlement of the western plains. A subtly compelling narrative, Waterlily tells of Blue Bird's abandonment by her first husband, and of Waterlily, her chubby baby, who gr... more »ows from a headstrong teenager into a twice-married, once-widowed young woman - all before she turns twenty.
Deftly illustrating the integral role of women in the Sioux community, Deloria also outlines Dakota laws of "social kinship" - an understanding of the mutual benefits of hospitality towards and responsibility for one's neighbors. This communal warmth buffers Blue Bird and Waterlily repeatedly from the harsh realities - tribal rivalries, famine, disease - to which they and their loved ones are prey. Rich with insight, verbal acuity, and warmth, Deloria's story touchingly revisits a way of life that has long since disappeared.« less