Ella Cara Deloria
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Imprint: Bison Books
eBook ISBN: 9780803267695
When Blue Bird and her grandmother leave their family's camp to
gather beans for the long, threatening winter, they inadvertently
avoid the horrible fate that befalls the rest of the family.
Luckily, the two women are adopted by a nearby Dakota community and
are eventually integrated into their kinship circles. Ella Cara
Deloria's tale follows Blue Bird and her daughter, Waterlily,
through the intricate kinship practices that created unity among
her people. Waterlily, published after Deloria's death and
generally viewed as the masterpiece of her career, offers a
captivating glimpse into the daily life of the nineteenth-century
Sioux. This new Bison Books edition features an introduction by
Susan Gardner and an index. Purchase the audio edition.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Ella Cara Deloria (1889–1971) was born on the Yankton reservation in South Dakota and grew up in a prominent family on the Standing Rock reservation during a disruptive time in her tribe’s history. She studied at Columbia University with Franz Boas and became an ethnologist. She is the author of Dakota Texts and Speaking of Indians, both available in Bison Books editions, Dakota Grammar, and many other works. Susan Gardner is an associate professor of English at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte, and is the author of several articles and a forthcoming biography on Ella Deloria.