Pretty-Shield and the Life of an American Indian Tribe Book Review by scribbler

Pretty-Shield and the Life of an American Indian Tribe
A review of the book "Pretty-Shield, Medicine Woman of the Crows" by Frank D. Linderman.
# 152874 | 871 words | 1 source | APA | 2013 | US
Published on Apr 30, 2013 in Literature (American) , Native-American Studies (General)

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The paper looks at the book "Pretty-Shield, Medicine Woman of the Crows" by Frank D. Linderman that is a narrative depiction of the changing lives of an American Indian tribe during the turn of the 20th century. The paper discusses Pretty-Shield's childhood years, and looks at the role of competition and sports in her life, the customs of her tribe and the various influences by external forces that brought her people to their current existence in a reservation. The paper also looks at Pretty-Shield's depiction of the battle of the Rosebud and the battle of the Little Bighorn, and considers how well Pretty-Shield adjusts to her life circumstances.

Competition and Sports
Presentation of Native-American Life
The Battles of the Rosebud and the Little Bighorn
Change in Pretty-Shield's Life

From the Paper:

"According to Pretty-Shield, competition and sports played an important role in her life, especially during her younger years and in her interactions with others. Although one does not get the sense that she is competing during her later adult years, competition and sports were very much part of her life when she was young. She for example relates a specific story involving herself and several girls from the tribe, charged with caring for a baby.
"The girls for example competed for the privilege of "mothering" the baby. When the time came to return home, the girls could simply not resist racing their horses, and lost the baby as a result: "I do not now remember who was to blame, but anyhow it wasn't long before we were racing our horses. I could scarcely keep the others in sight, because I was leading the pack-horse that carried the child" (p. 6).
"This episode is not only an indication of competition and sports among the young girls, but also the way in which these relatively innocent activities were informed by the traditions and values of the tribe as a whole. Babies were placed in the care of young girls, for example; often as a matter of routine."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Linderman, Frank D. (2003) Pretty-Shield, Medicine Woman of the Crows. University of Nebraska Press

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