Life's Journey-- Zuya

Life's Journey-- Zuya

Oral Teachings From Rosebud

eBook - 2012
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“Our people are very lucky to be here,” says Albert White Hat Sr. He has lived through a time when Indians were sent to boarding schools and were not permitted to practice their own rituals. Although the Lakota people can practice their beliefs openly once again, things have changed and old ways have been forgotten. As a teacher at Sinte Gleska University in South Dakota, White Hat seeks to preserve the link the Lakota people have with their past. In Life’s Journey—Zuya, White Hat has collected and translated the stories of medicine men, retaining the simplicity of their language so as not to interpret their words through a Western lens. This is Zuya, oral history that is lived and handed down over the generations.

White Hat also shares stories from his own experience. Using anecdotes he shows not only how the Lakota lifestyle has been altered but also how Lakota words have begun to take on new meanings that lack their original connotations and generate a different picture of Lakota philosophy. Language, inter-woven with history, tells the people where they came from and who they are. By gathering the tradi-tions and ceremonies in a single volume, with the history of how they evolved, he has secured the meaning of these practices for futre generations. Filled with warmth and humor, Life’s Journey—Zuya is an enjoyable and enlightening read.

A fascinating look at Lakota lifeways and history through the voices of medicine men and White Hat’s personal stories

Publisher: Salt Lake City : The University of Utah Press, Ă2012
ISBN: 9781607812166
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xxi, 186 pages, [16] pages of plates) : illustrations (some color)
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Additional Contributors: Cunningham, John 1948 February 17-


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