Memory Songs

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These poems are powerful because they reach beyond what genocide has wrought and celebrate what it means to have Lakol Wicoun, "the Lakota way of being."

 

 

Memory Songs are Lydia Whirlwind Soldier’s songs of painted parfleches and gatling guns, buffalo hide homes and pestilent covered wagons, boarding schools and grandchildren, beloved bones finally brought home, and a strong Unci who “don’t need validation.” Laura Tohe writes that Whirlwind Soldier “weaves the old stories of relatives, children, stars, thunderbeings, and Grandmother Earth into new stories that resonate with the Lakota sensibility. These poems are powerful because they reach beyond what genocide has wrought and celebrate what it means to have Lakol Wicoun, ‘the Lakota way of being.” Keli Shangreaux’s beautifully detailed pencil drawings are perfect.

 

 

Author: Lydia Whirlwind Soldier (Sicangu Lakota)

Illustrations: Black and white illustrations by Keli Shangreaux (Lakota)

Binding Availability: Paperback

Published: 1999

Tribes/Ethnic Groups: Lakota