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BOOK LINKS: What do you hope
Marrin is not a Native American
writer, though; most of the history
recorded about American Indians was
recorded by European Americans,
the victors of Indian wars. This
offers a perspective from a certain
paradigm. There are contemporary
Native American writers whose fic-
tion is beautiful and whose work I
recommend—Sherman Alexie, Susan
Power, Joseph Marshall—but during
the culture clash of the 1800s, such
writers were nonexistent. There was
one Native woman author, Zitkala-
Sa, who went to boarding schools and
learned the English language. She is
for the readers—children, teens, or
adults—of Sitting Bull?
NELSON: I hope that teachers and
librarians will see the authenticity in
Sitting Bull’s story, discover its value
for young readers, and pass along this
book. When I write and illustrate a
story like this, I envision that I’m tell-
ing it to a fifth- or sixth-grade Native
American child. I write my stories for
Native kids, and my intention is that
they not only grasp a sense of where
they come from but also that they can
move forward. I sense there remains
a sadness and bitterness collectively
among Native people, but that is not
what I am passing along. I want to
pass along hope for the future and
encourage young readers to step up,
engage, and live their lives. This is their
moment. What happened between
Custer and Sitting Bull is over. Their
time is now.
Black Elk’s Vision: A Lakota
Story. 2010. Abrams, $19.95
(9780810983991). Gr. 3–7.
Buffalo Bird Girl: A Hidatsa
Story. 2012. Abrams, $20.95
(9781419703553). Gr. 1–5.
Gift Horse: A Lakota Story. 1999.
Abrams, $18.95 (9780810941274).
Sitting Bull: Lakota Warrior and
Defender of His People. 2015. Abrams,
$19.95 (9781419707315). Gr. 3–7.
The Star People: A Lakota
Story. 2003. Abrams, $18.95
(9780810945845). PreS–Gr. 3.
Nancy J. Johnson is a professor of
children’s and young-adult literature and
English/language arts education at Western
Washington University in Bellingham, WA.
Cyndi Giorgis is a professor of children’s
and young-adult literature and the dean of
the College of Education at the University
of Texas at El Paso.
and his people
or enemy white
men, in Sitting