About the Book

Lakota Woman

Lakota Woman

June 2011
Trade Paperback · 272 Pages
$14.95 U.S. · $17.95 CAN · €10.99 E.U.
ISBN 9780802145420
Grove Press



Mary Brave Bird grew up fatherless in a one-room cabin, without running water or electricity, on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota. Rebelling against the aimless drinking, punishing missionary school, narrow strictures for women, and violence and hopeless of reservation life, she joined the new movement of tribal pride sweeping Native American communities in the sixties and seventies. Mary eventually married Leonard Crow Dog, the American Indian Movement's chief medicine man, who revived the sacred but outlawed Ghost Dance.

Originally published in 1990, Lakota Woman was a national best seller and winner of the American Book Award. It is a unique document, unparalleled in American Indian literature, a story of death, of determination against all odds, of the cruelties perpetuated against American Indians, and of the Native American struggle for rights. Working with Richard Erdoes, one of the twentieth century's leading writers on Native American affairs, Brave Bird recounts her difficult upbringing and the path of her fascinating life.

About the Authors

Richard Erdoes (1912–2008) was one of America's leading writers on Native American affairs. A prominent illustrator and photographer, Erdoes was the author of more than thirty books, including Lame Deer, Seeker of Visions; American Indian Trickster Tales; and Ohitika Woman (with Mary Brave Bird).