Ohitika Woman might be the nonfiction find of the year Houston ChronicleThe beloved sequel to the now classic Lakota Woman, Ohitika Woman follows Mary Brave Bird as she continues her powerful, dramatic tale of ancient glory and present anguish, of courage and despair, of magic and mystery, and, above all, of the survival of both body and mind Coming home from Wounded Knee in 1973, married to American Indian movement leader Leonard Crow Dog, Mary was a mother with the hope of a better life But, as she says, Trouble always finds me With brutal frankness she bares her innermost thoughts, recounting the dark as well as the bright moments in her always eventful life She not only talks about the stark truths of being a Native American living in a white dominated society but also addresses the experience of being a mother, a woman, and, rarest of all, a Sioux feminist Filled with contrasts, courage, and endurance, Ohitika Woman is a powerful testament to Marys will and spirit....
|Publisher||:||Grove Press January 27, 2009|
|Number of Pages||:||274 pages|
|File Size||:||861 KB|
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Ohitika Woman Reviews
Reading this book is like having a long conversation with a tribal person. There is tons of history here. Mary is extremely knowledgeable and experienced—in the good and the bad. She devotes long descriptions to her alcohol addiction and her last relapse, which nearly killed her. An illustration of the social part of drinking and alcohol excess is in these words. A picture is painted of the current plight of Sioux, and other, Indians. Very graphic, very real. And yet, in her spirit, Mary holds all her relations—all people—in her heart. This truly is a book about relationships: traditional husbands and wives, medicine men and the people, women and men, culture and the personal, white and red, and much more. A worthy read!
Its a great story but really needs an editor. Certain paragraphs are repeated over and over through out the book. Lots of errors. Surprises me as it says this was published by a company not self published. Also she refers to the first book a lot so I guess I should have read that first for it to make more sense
This is the second book by the author. The first one told of her struggle to live in the United States as a part Lakota Souix Indian and part white. She continues the story in this book of the difficulties it is to just provide for her family and stay true to her Indian heritage. It is a reminder to all who read the book of the terrible blot on our country's history in how we have treated and still treat the Native Americans.
I read her first one and wanted to read this one. What I took from this book was a view of the Native Americans on the Sioux and neighboring reservations. She gave a very good picture of the damage the government handouts have done to many Native Americans. She talked about the atmosphere of depression and the alcoholism prevalent on the reservations. At the same time, she revealed her own mistakes and finally how she began to turn her life around by going back to school, getting a job, and remarrying. The book made me think about the conditions on many of our northern reservations. (P.S. I am not making a generalization as to every Native American or to every reservation.) I very much liked her books.
Most history consists of the actions of royalty and people in power. We know the stories about the lives of the pharoahs but not of common laborers. Until now. This book documents the life, not of a chief, but of an ordinary Native American woman. We see how she lives, how she feels, how she thinks, and she is open in expressing her opinions on political issues as well as cultural and social issues.
I was really torn on how to rate this book. I'm struggling to finish it after reading about 1/3. The stories and insight into the culture are very interesting, but there's just no emotion or depth in the telling. She talks about some pretty life-altering events in a flat monotone (writing style) that make it really hard to stay interested. I agree with some other reviewers that many stories are repeated over and over in this book. Also, the many, many typos contribute to the difficulty of staying with this until the end. But I'm determined to finish it! I'll update this review if I can make it all the way through.
Mary Brave Bird's writing is so honest and real. I feel as if I have sat and listened to her tell this incredible story to me directly. I feel the animosity that Mary Brave Bird revealed for individuals that try to claim Indian heritage as their own. I too, am too old to join any movement, but I sure wish I would have read this 43 years ago. I can almost picture myself telling my family and friends, I'm headed to Wounded Knee to help Mary Brave Bird.
A further insight into the trials and discrimination of the everyday lives of the American Indians, and their struggles of survival.