Speaking of Indians. Cover Design and Decorations by Mary Sully. Ella Cara Deloria.

Speaking of Indians. Cover Design and Decorations by Mary Sully.

New York: Friendship Press, [1944]. First Edition. 12mo; xii, 163pp; original pale green wrappers lettered and decorated on spine and front cover (incorporating a Dakota camp-circle and vision-quest design) in burnt umber and red, head-and-tailpieces decorations; fine. Ella Cara Deloria (1889 - 1971) was a Dakota Sioux who became a noted anthropologist. She devoted her life to the study of her people's life, language, and culture. Deloria was raised on Yankton Indian Reservation, first educated at the mission school, and eventually, via Oberlin College, graduated from Teacher's College, Columbia. She worked with the famed anthropologists Franz Boas (collaborating with him on the DAKOTA GRAMMAR, 1941) and Ruth Benedict, and traveled extensively to various Dakota reservations interviewing elders for her book of myths and tales DAKOTA TEXTS, 1932. She later held various posts at missions, schools and museums. "Ella Deloria's studies provide some of the best material ever recorded on Dakota culture...Her work is unique in emphasizing an understanding of the culture from the woman's perspective..."- NAW. She was awarded the 1943 Indian Achievement Medal. The cover and designs in the text are by Deloria's sister, Mary Sully. Following in the tradition, Ella Deloria's niece, Bea Medicine, is a well-known anthropologist who also writes poetry; her daughter, Ella Deloria Vine is a contemporary author and Indian activist. SPEAKING OF INDIANS written for the general public, is a fragile wartime book not often in such nice condition. Women's Writing in the United States, pp.613-614. Bataille, Native American Women, A Biographical Dictionary, pp.78-79. NAW: The Modern Period, pp.183-185. Item #8033

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