By Delphine Red Shirt
Turtle Lung Woman's Granddaughter is the unforgettable tale of a number of generations of Lakota girls, informed of their phrases. Delphine crimson Shirt-like her mom, Lone girl, and her mother's grandmother, Turtle Lung Woman-grew up at the broad open Plains of northern Nebraska and southern South Dakota. Lone girl instructed her daughter the tale of her lifestyles starting to be up on Pine Ridge within the early and mid-twentieth century. Remarkably, Lone girl additionally stated the lifetime of her personal grandmother, Turtle Lung girl, who had grown up Lakota ahead of her humans were compelled to survive reservations within the past due 19th century. those women's lives overlapped through fifteen years, permitting the more youthful to benefit many desirable info and tales concerning the existence and instances of the elder. Delphine crimson blouse has delicately woven the lifestyles tales of her mom and great-grandmother right into a non-stop narrative that succeeds triumphantly as a relocating, epic saga of Lakota girls from conventional instances to the current. particularly revealing and riveting are Turtle Lung Woman's courting together with her husband, Paints His Face with Clay Land, her therapeutic perform as a medication lady (where turtle shells turn into lively and move slowly through the Yuw'pi ceremony), Lone Woman's hardships and celebrations turning out to be up within the early 20th century, and plenty of exceptional information in their family lives sooner than and through the early reservation years. Lone girl gave up the ghost simply after telling her tale to her daughter. This correct, magical tale is a legacy for her and for all Lakota girls. Delphine pink blouse is a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe and is an accessory professor of yank experiences and English at Yale college. She is a columnist and correspondent for Indian kingdom this present day and is the writer of Bead on an Anthill: A Lakota youth (Nebraska 1997).
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There were those like the ‘‘šiyó,’’ the prairie grouse, that rested on the ground and were alike. And ﬁnally those that nested above the ground like the ‘‘pšįpš cala ikpíska,’’ the split-tail swallow, which before a storm hovers over us, ﬂocked together. All of them had their own way of life and their own calls or songs. They were like us. We, too, congregated together often. It was the way we survived. We were like the birds, we had our own songs and lived a certain way. A long time ago we were as numerous as they.
She knew them well. She told me the kheglézela are wise, they listen but do not tell secrets. This wisdom Turtle Lung Woman seemed to have. She said the kheglézela’s ‘‘há,’’ the shell, is thick and nothing can pierce it. She seemed to be telling me to be thick-skinned, like the kheglézela, to get by in life. Turtle Lung Woman was a medicine woman. She learned from the spirits, they spoke to her in a familiar way. She sought knowledge from dreams, how to use the powers that came from them. She knew the mysterious, how to summon help so that she could use things, and sometimes people, to do her bidding.
Indeed they were the ancient turtles that roamed the plains in earlier times. They had always existed there on the ﬂat arid land. In a certain part of Nebraska, you can still ﬁnd them roaming the land, as they have done from a time long past. She believed, as all Lakotas did, that death existed only on this plane, that on another level, spirit existed forever. So, certain things were true in our Lakota world, like a feather from an eagle retains the original spirit of the bird, the same with a hair from a horse’s tail.