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.