This is a fictional story of an 18th century Sioux female from birth until marriage. There are three generations of women so you have an idea of the roles as a girl grows up to be a woman marries, has children, and even grandchildren. It is about family and traditions, and is beautifully... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
This is a fictional story of an 18th century Sioux female from birth until marriage. There are three generations of women so you have an idea of the roles as a girl grows up to be a woman marries, has children, and even grandchildren. It is about family and traditions, and is beautifully written.
“I shall tell you more about my daughters. First Woman, you will find, has a soft heart but it does not show. Really, she is a tender grouch. From habit she speaks too directly and sometimes she wounds. Now, her sister is very different. Always she was a quiet girl and even now she never has much to say. But she is kind, inside and out. She too, like you does very beautiful art work with porcupine quills. Yes, she has great ability, supernatural ability everyone says.”Gloku
“Be hospitable; be generous. Nothing is too good for giving away.”Elder teaching to chidren
“Your brother needs to be brave, strong, and fearless. He needs to be ready to do great things. He has just won a victory and it is your place to cheer and sing his praises, not cry.”Gloku
“Be generous, for you cannot take material things beyond the grave.”Sioux belief
“Kinship came in halves - the family of birth and the family of marriage. In the one, a person was permitted to play the child occasionally; in the other, he must strictly play the adult, as a matter of self-respect, once having accepted an adult role.”Ella Cara Deloria
“When you marry, my daughter, remember that your children are more important than you. Always the new life comes first. Your duty to your children must be in accordance to this rule.”Blue Bird
“Next, it is your duty to honor and respect your husband and to keep your life with him secret always. A woman who talks about her relations with her husband is disloyal to her mate and a reproach to herself. Accept your new life as a mature woman, even while you are gentle and yielding. Do not behave in a childish manner toward your husband. You are his helpmeet, not his baby. Be grown up.”Blue Bird
“Yes, they accepted what their elder kinsman said, because they saw that it was right. They saw it was easy enough to fight violence with violence. Killing was the work of a moment. Killing was the work of the moment. But to take in the murderer as a relative, after what he had done, and to take the murderer as a relative, after what he had done, and to live in sincerity and creative goodwill with him, day in and day out to the end of life - that was something else. You may well imagine how proud must have been the spirit of the slain youth, to see his relatives doing the harder thing!”Yankton
“I always say that while I live, no human being shall go out in the utter stillness, like an animal,.”Taluta
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