When Blue Bird and her grandmother leave their family s camp to gather beans for the long, threatening winter, they inadvertently avoid the horrible fate that befalls the rest of the family. Luckily, the two women are adopted by a nearby Dakota community and are eventually integrated into their kinship circles. Ella Cara Deloria s tale follows Blue Bird and her daughter, Waterlily, through the intricate kinship practices that created unity among her people.
University of Nebraska Press
MODERN & CONTEMPORARY FICTION