It is often assumed that Native Americans live in two distinct worlds: one Indian and the other white. In this collection of biographical studies of eight American Indians, though, we see that in fact they live in just one world of great complexity that has challenged, sustained, and sometimes destroyed them. All the leaders profiled here struck different balances between their Indian identity and their work within the dominant white culture, and history and biography are combined to delineate that process.
This book is an important contribution to American Indian studies and includes for the first time biographies of Native American women. These life stories of Maris Bryant Pierce, Nampeyo, Dr. Susan LaFlesche Picotte, Henry Chee Dodge, Charles Curtis, Luther Standing Bear, Minnie Kellogg, and Peterson Zah provide insights into defining cultural identity and success.
-From the Back Cover
Essays on Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Native American Leaders
Edited by L. G. Moses and Raymond Wilson
University of New Mexico Press, Albuquerque
Soft cover, 1993 second paperbound printing. Illustrated with photographs of the Indians. 229 pages
Preface to the New Edition
1 Maris Bryant Pierce - The Making of a Seneca Leader
2 Nampeyo - Giving the Indian Artist a Name
3 Dr. Susan LaFlesche Picotte - The Reformed and the Reformer
4 Henry Chee Dodge - From the Long Walk to Self-Determination
5 Charles Curtis - The Politics of Allotment
6 Luther Standing Bear - “I Would Raise Him to be an Indian”
7 Designing Woman - Minnie Kellog, Iroquois Leader
8 Peterson Zah - A Progressive Outlook and a Traditional Style