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Young Chief: I wonder if the ground has anything to say?

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Young Chief: I wonder if the ground has anything to say?
 
 
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Photo: Chief Umapine, Cayuse; 1913 by Joseph Kossuth Dixon.
 
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"I wonder if the ground has anything to say? I wonder if the ground is listening to what is said? I wonder if the ground would come alive and what is on it? Though I hear what the ground says. The ground says, 'It is the Great Spirit that placed me here.' The Great Spirit tells me to take care of the Indians, to feed them alright. The Great Spirit appointed the roots to feed the Indians on. The water says the same thing. The Great Spirit directs me, 'Feed the Indians well.' The ground, water and grass say, 'the Great Spirit has given us our names. We have these names and hold these names.' The ground says, 'the Great Spirit has placed me here to produce all that grows on me, trees and fruit.' The same way the ground says, 'it was from me man was made.' The Great Spirit, in placing men on the earth, desired them to take good care of the ground and to do each other no harm."


(Young Chief)
 
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Recommended reading:

'Lakota Myth'
By James R. Walker (Author), Elaine A. Jahner (Editor), Raymond J. DeMallie (Introduction)

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Description:

James R. Walker was a physician to the Pine Ridge Sioux from 1896 to 1914. His accounts of this time, taken from his personal papers, reveal much about Lakota life and culture. This third volume of previously unpublished material from the Walker collection presents his work on Lakota myth and legend. This edition includes classic examples of Lakota oral literature, narratives that were known only to a few Oglala holy men, and Walker's own literary cycle based on all he had learned about Lakota myth. Lakota Myth is an indispensable source for students of comparative literature, religion, and mythology, as well as those interested in Lakota culture.

'Elaine Jahner is sensitive to the analysis of texts, sensitive to meanings hidden between the cracks of texts and correspondences, and sensitive and generous to the scholars-Sioux and non-Indian alike-who preceded her in collecting and analyzing the myths and cultural detail of the Teton Dakota Sioux.'

(Pacific Historical Review)

'One of the major publications of American Indian myth.'

(Reviews in Anthropology)

'An immensely interesting and provocative addition to the literature of the Plains Indians.'

(North Dakota History)

'A primary source of research and serious study...Ethnology at its best.'

(American Indian Culture and Research Journal)

'Elaine Jahner is sensitive to the analysis of texts, sensitive to meanings hidden between the cracks of texts and correspondences, and sensitive and generous to the scholars-- Sioux and non-Indian alike-- who preceded her in collecting and analyzing the myths and cultural detail of the Teton Dakota Sioux.'

(Pacific Historical Review)

'One of the major publications of American Indian myth.'
 
(Reviews in Anthropology)
 
'An immensely interesting and provocative addition to the literature of the Plains Indians.'
 
(North Dakota History)
 
'A primary source of research and serious study. . . . Ethnology at its best.'

(American Indian Culture and Research Journal)

'[Elaine Jahner] is sensitive to the analysis of texts, sensitive to meanings hidden between the cracks of texts and correspondences, and sensitive and generous to the scholars -- Sioux and non-Indian alike -- who preceded her in collecting and analyzing the myths and cultural detail of the Teton Dakota Sioux.'

(Pacific Historical Review)

'One of the major publications of American Indian myth.'

(Reviews in Anthropology)

'An immensely interesting and provocative addition to the literature of the Plains Indians.'

(North Dakota History)

'A primary source of research and serious study. . . . Ethnology at its best.'

(American Indian Culture and Research Journal)

'Elaine Jahner] is sensitive to the analysis of texts, sensitive to meanings hidden between the cracks of texts and correspondences, and sensitive and generous to the scholars--Sioux and non-Indian alike--who preceded her in collecting and analyzing the myths and cultural detail of the Teton Dakota Sioux.'


(Pacific Historical Review)
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