By Tadeusz Lewandowski
Red chook, pink Power tells the tale of 1 of the main influential—and controversial—American Indian activists of the 20 th century. Zitkala-Ša (1876–1938), sometimes called Gertrude Simmons Bonnin, was once a hugely proficient author, editor, and musician who committed her lifestyles to attaining justice for local peoples. the following, Tadeusz Lewandowski bargains the 1st full-scale biography of the lady whose passionate dedication to bettering the lives of her humans propelled her to the leading edge of Progressive-era reform movements.
Lewandowski attracts on an enormous array of assets, together with formerly unpublished letters and diaries, to recount Zitkala-Ša’s specified existence trip. Her tale starts at the Dakota plains, the place she was once born to a Yankton Sioux mom and a white father. Zitkala-Ša, whose identify interprets as “Red poultry” in English, left domestic at age 8 to wait a Quaker boarding university, ultimately operating as a instructor at Carlisle Indian business university. by means of her early twenties, she used to be the toast of East Coast literary society. Her brief tales for the Atlantic Monthly (1900) are, to today, the point of interest of scholarly research and debate. In collaboration with William F. Hanson, she wrote the libretto and songs for the cutting edge Sun Dance Opera (1913).
And but, as Lewandowski demonstrates, Zitkala-Ša’s successes couldn't fill the void of her misplaced cultural history, nor hose down her fury towards the Euro-American institution that had robbed her humans in their land. In 1926, she based the nationwide Council of yankee Indians with the purpose of redressing American Indian grievances.
Zitkala-Ša’s advanced identification has made her an intriguing—if elusive—subject for students. In Lewandowski’s delicate interpretation, she emerges as a multifaceted person whose paintings entailed consistent negotiation. finally, Lewandowski argues, Zitkala-Ša’s achievements distinguish her as a forerunner of the crimson strength circulate and a massive agent of change.
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Red Bird, Red Power: The Life and Legacy of Zitkala-Ša (American Indian Literature and Critical Studies Series) by Tadeusz Lewandowski