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@Read E-pub ð Waterlily ⚟ This novel of the Dakota Sioux written by Sioux ethnologist Deloria takes protagonist Waterlily through the everyday and the extraordinary events of a Sioux woman s life Waterlily is a fictional account of the Dakota culture engaging the perspective and experience of women Deloria develops a rich account drawing from many anthropological works which she helped edit, organize, and prepare for publication as well as her own knowledge of the native American languages and cultures She tells Waterlily from the inside and so invites the reader into the life and not just an analysis of these families and tribes I found this book particularly engaging but also to off Waterlily is a fictional account of the Dakota culture engaging the perspective and experience of women Deloria develops a rich account drawing from many anthropological works which she helped edit, organize, and prepare for publication as well as her own knowledge of the native American languages and cultures She tells Waterlily from the inside and so invites the reader into the life and not just an analysis of these families and tribes I found this book particularly engaging but also to offer insight into other cultures and relationships.Highly recommended Waterlily is an important and complex book It isn t quite historical record nor does it read like most historical fiction Deloria vividly recreates everyday life for the Dakotas in the nineteenth century from field research and interviews She tells the story of Blue Bird, her daughter Waterlily, and, their society built of kinship rules A difficult read the point lies less in development of characters andin the development of the time period This is further complicated by the fact t Waterlily is an important and complex book It isn t quite historical record nor does it read like most historical fiction Deloria vividly recreates everyday life for the Dakotas in the nineteenth century from field research and interviews She tells the story of Blue Bird, her daughter Waterlily, and, their society built of kinship rules A difficult read the point lies less in development of characters andin the development of the time period This is further complicated by the fact the Deloria herself never saw publication of this book Constant criticism to cut down the length and cut scenes that would not interest white audiences led her to many rewrites never coming together in a publishable version in her lifetime Deloria faced significant challenges completing her work Being both a woman and a Sioux Indian never received the credit she deserved for her invaluable contributions to ethnology Waterlily is a triumph It is the masterwork of Ella Deloria What it lacks in modern readability itthan makes up in it s invaluable historical significance and in the harrowing history of the manuscript itself Waterlily New Edition I wouldn t read this primarily for its literary merits, I would read it to learn about the Dakota way of life through an anthropological lens That said, I did come to genuinely believe in and care about the characters, so the book is not without literary merit I never got bored Ella Deloria stops at least once a page to explain the customs of the characters, which interrupts the narrative, but because I actually wanted to learn about these customs, I didn t mind that I loved it And I am n I wouldn t read this primarily for its literary merits, I would read it to learn about the Dakota way of life through an anthropological lens That said, I did come to genuinely believe in and care about the characters, so the book is not without literary merit I never got bored Ella Deloria stops at least once a page to explain the customs of the characters, which interrupts the narrative, but because I actually wanted to learn about these customs, I didn t mind that I loved it And I am now totally obsessed with the very different outlook presented in this novel I think she does a good job of showing a very different way of life without editorializing She doesn t put Dakota values up on a pedestal, nor does she seem in any way judgmental of them She leaves that to her readers I came away wishing my own culture possessed the wisdom and beauty of many Dakota practices, while at the same time being able to recognize the things that would make growing up in that culture frustrating There is no such thing as a perfect culture, but it is nice to be exposed to alternatives The first Native American another powerful Sioux woman to become a linguist and to scientifically put Sioux language on the map Her family is still strong within both the Dakota and the academic community one of her descendents, Vine DeLoria headed the American Indian Law Dept at Berkeley This is a coming of age novel set in the Dakota community around the time when the first western settlers were coming to what we now call the US What is beautiful and endearing about this book is that it The first Native American another powerful Sioux woman to become a linguist and to scientifically put Sioux language on the map Her family is still strong within both the Dakota and the academic community one of her descendents, Vine DeLoria headed the American Indian Law Dept at Berkeley This is a coming of age novel set in the Dakota community around the time when the first western settlers were coming to what we now call the US What is beautiful and endearing about this book is that it is through the eyes of a young woman becoming an adult and it centers on the Lakota community not on the conflict between European settlers and the Natives It is a peek inside the native world before it would be changed forever