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Book Title: Hanta Yo : An American Saga|
The author of the book: Ruth Beebe Hill
Edition: Warner Books
Date of issue: January 1st 1980
ISBN 13: 9780446962988
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 8.13 MB
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This is my all time favorite book. I read it back in the late 80's and have been ruined for a good fiction book ever since. I compare every book I ever read to this one and 99.99% of them fall short.
The story of how the book came to be written is fascinating in itself. For those of you that don't know, this book is an actual history of a tribe of Lakota, Sioux. It seems that many years ago an elder in the tribe had a 100-winter count. These were pieces of leather/animal skins with drawings that recorded significant events of the tribe that year. The elder greatly wanted to find someone who would help him bridge the gap of understanding between the white man and the Sioux and his idea was to write a book, using the 100 year count of his tribe. And so the elder began started searching for an author. But most of the authors that came to him wanted a “tell it to me” story where they merely acted as a scribble. None of the authors showed a passion or genuine interest in learning the Sioux ways or of being the instrument of understanding between the white man and the Sioux nation.
Finally, after a very long search Ruth Beebe Hill came to the elder, interested in writing the story of the 100 winter count, and she stayed on to live with the tribe. She lived with them for years. She learned their language, participated in all of their ceremonies, lived as they lived, studied with them, and was eventually adopted by them. Her loves for the Sioux was evident in her commitment to truly understand them.
This is one of the most beautiful books I have ever read. If you are Native American or just want to know more about them, this book is a must read!!!
You will laugh, cry, gasp, and be blown away by this true story. Ruth Beebe Hill succeeds beyond belief with this book.
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