Sunday, September 30, 2012
Lakota Woman Review
Author: Mary Crow Dog
Lakota Woman is an honest memoir that has a lot to offer a reader.
I learned so much from this book. Not only did I learn about important historical moments like the Wounded Knee incident in 1973 or the AIM (American Indian movement) but I also learned about Native American traditions and how important they were, and still are, to the native Americans. I did not learn any of this in public school, which is a little sad.
This book is the memoir of Mary Crow Dog (she also goes by Mary Brave Bird). In the book she talks about growing up and living on reservations, and the difficulties she faced as a Native American - the racism and unfairness that her and her people still deal with today, trying to keep native traditions alive despite crooked cops and laws against them, etc.
The only downside to this book is that the author doesn't write the story in a linear fashion. It can be a bit confusing trying to keep up with what is happening and when.
Still, Lakota Woman was a great read and I would recommend it to anyone wanting to learn more about the struggles modern Native Americans go through. The book is not really all that depressing by the way. Mary Crow Dog writes a lot about the many native Americans embracing past traditions and finding some peace and hope through that, for example.
Rating: 5/5 Caffe Lattes