Stories of the Sioux

Stories of the Sioux

Stories of the Sioux

Stories of the Sioux

Synopsis

Luther Standing Bear, a Lakota Sioux born in the 1860s, heard these legends in his youth, when his people were being moved to reservations. Haunting in mood and imagery, they celebrate the old nomadic life of the Sioux when buffalo were plentiful and all nature fed the spirit. The twenty stories honor not only the buffalo but also the dog, horse, eagle, and wolf as workaday helpers and agents of divine intervention; the wisdom of the medicine man; and the heroism and resourcefulness of individual men and women. Luther Standing Bear is the author of Land of the Spotted Eagle, My People the Sioux, and My Indian Boyhood (also Bison Books).

Excerpt

The Sioux people have many stories which are told by the older ones in the tribe to the younger. Many main events and historical happenings of the tribe are told as stories and in this way the history of the people is recorded. These stories were not told, however, with the idea of forcing the children to learn, but for pleasure, and they were enjoyed by young and old alike. Some of these stories I have heard repeated many times. Others I have heard only once, but these I remember just as well. Perhaps it is because an Indian child is trained to use his ears carefully that his memory is so reliable.

These stories were not always told by the camp-fire during the long winter evenings, but at any time and at any place whenever and whereever the teller and the audience were in the mood. Sometimes it was Grandmother who sat on the ground, perhaps with a small stick or drawing- pencil in her hand, drawing designs on the earth . . .

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