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The Dull Knifes of Pine Ridge: A Lakota Odyssey

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ISBN-10:  0803292945
ISBN-13:  9780803292949
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Title: The Dull Knifes of Pine Ridge: A Lakota Odyssey


A century of Lakota history is told through the story of one family, the Dull Knifes of Pine Ridge.

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"...Starita paints an inspiring portrait of four generations of a family that has endured by balancing new realities with old cultural values. As Guy Dull Knife Jr. and his wife, Cora Yellow Elk, express it, they want their children to master both computers and the Eagle Dance."
"An entertaining and affecting story of a remarkable American Indian family....Starita tells the Dull Knife's story in remarkable and affectionate detail, maintaining a balance between the history of a people and the history of a family."
"Starita spent much of two-and-a-half years talking with the Guy Dull Knifes, senior and junior, and their friends, and examining family and archival documents. The end result is a moving book in which Chief Dull Knife and his descendants all shine."
(August 1996)

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Joe Starita tells the triumphant and moving story of a Lakota-Northern Cheyenne family. In 1878, the renowned Chief Dull Knife, who fought alongside Crazy Horse, escaped from forced relocation in Indian Territory and led followers on a desperate six-hundred-mile freedom flight back to their homeland. His son, George Dull Knife survived the Wounded Knee Massacre and later toured in Buffalo Bill Cody's Wild West Show. Guy Dull Knife Sr. fought in World War I and took part in the Siege of Wounded Knee in 1973. Guy Dull Knife Jr. fought in Vietnam and is now an accomplished artist. Starita updates the Dull Knife family history in his new afterword for this Bison Books edition. Review

From his nursing home in South Dakota, 96-year-old Guy Dull Knife Sr., the oldest surviving member of the Dull Knife family to be profiled in this fascinating Sioux (also known as Lakota) history, says, "I was born in 1899 in a log house, but my father was born in a tipi.... The tipi was in the shape of a circle and in the middle of the tipi there was always a campfire. This, too, was in the shape of a circle. In the summers, when the Sioux from all over the Dakotas, Nebraska, Wyoming, and Montana would gather for the Sun Dance, the tipis in the villages would always be arranged in a circle. The circle was our symbol. It was a holy symbol that helped to remind us that we were connected to everything else." In the tradition of Native American storytelling, many of the tales in this five-generation odyssey have been passed down from father to son through word of mouth. Joe Starita, an award-winning investigative journalist, fills in the gaps with more than a century's worth of family documents and archival historical material.

In the latter part of the 19th century, Chief Dull Knife led his followers through some of the most brutal and ruthless battles between the white man and the Indians. His son George Dull Knife settled into reservation life and went on to join Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show. From his nursing home, George's son, Guy Dull Knife Sr., the sole living Sioux World War I veteran, retells the tales of his youth and family history in his native Lakota tongue. His son Guy Dull Knife Jr., a Vietnam vet and self-taught sculptor, is trying to keep the ways of his native people alive for his children and future generations. Although Sioux women are said to have played important roles in the survival of tribal traditions and culture, this volume primarily focuses on the male members of not only the Dull Knife family, but the tribe to which they are inextricably tied.

Author:Joe Starita
Language: English
Pages: 392
Publisher: Bison Books
Weight:1.2 Pounds
Length:9 Inches
Width:6 Inches
Height:0.8 Inches

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Biography & Autobiography > General
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Other Available Formats:
Paperback, 1996
Hardcover, 1995

Book Details Summary: The title of this book is The Dull Knifes of Pine Ridge and it was written by Joe Starita. This particular edition is in a Paperback format and is also available in this version as a Paperback. This books publish date is March 1, 2002 and it has a suggested retail price of $22.95. It was published by Bison Books and has a total of 392 pages in the book. The 10 digit ISBN is 0803292945 and the 13 digit ISBN is 9780803292949. To buy this book at the lowest price, Click Here.

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