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.
"Waterlily," published after Deloria s death and generally viewed as the masterpiece of her career, offers a captivating glimpse into the daily life of the nineteenth-century Sioux. This new Bison Books edition features an introduction by Susan Gardner and an index."
University of Nebraska Press