Skip to main content
PBS logo

Search - Lakota Woman

Lakota Woman
Lakota Woman
Author: Mary Crow Dog
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 Nati...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780060973896
ISBN-10: 0060973897
Publication Date: 1991
Pages: 288
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.

3.6 stars, based on 75 ratings
Publisher: Perennial
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover
Members Wishing: 1
Reviews: Member | Amazon | Write a Review

Top Member Book Reviews

StephanieW avatar reviewed Lakota Woman on + 34 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 7
While grammar errors abound and the story often seems disjointed, Crow Dog's true-life account of the AIM movement of the 70s gives a rare glimpse into a world not many try--or are able to--venture into. The prose is filled with emotion and while things never quite end up how the reader thinks they are going to, Crow Dog does provide an intimate portrait into the lives and treatment of a group of Native Americans.
reviewed Lakota Woman on + 3 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 6
A good perspectice of a woman in a culture very different than most people in America.
reviewed Lakota Woman on + 37 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 4
Very powerful autobiography of Mary Brave Bird, who grew up in a one-room cabin without running water or electricity on a South Dakota reservation. A moving 'view from the inside'. Excellent read. Over 250 pages.
teekle avatar reviewed Lakota Woman on + 27 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
Very interesting to hear the story from the side of the Indians.
manyblackbears avatar reviewed Lakota Woman on + 10 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
This is a wonderful Biography of an Native american woman who had so much courage to endure terrible terrible treatment. I could not put the book down.
Read All 12 Book Reviews of "Lakota Woman"

Please Log in to Rate these Book Reviews

reviewed Lakota Woman on + 4 more book reviews
Excellent read! An inspiring story of one woman who found the way to rise above what exists around her to create something somewhat better. This is not a sunshine & roses happy ending kind of story. But what she accomplishes with the means she has is much to be admired! Mirrors much of what I learned from a young friend among the Sioux people at the beginning of the '70s & saw unfold through those troubling years. A compelling read as well. Sheds clear light on some ugly, unwelcome truths along the way.
reviewed Lakota Woman on + 8 more book reviews
This is an interesting and moving book, capturing the life a women in the midst of the American Indian Movement in the 1970's. She describes life on the reservation as a younger woman and details the harrowing and sordid quality of life, revealing the poverty, struggle and rampant racism of her native South Dakota. Moved by the activism of A.I.M., she gives first hands accounts of the Trail of Broken Treaties and the seizure of Wounded Knee.