THE LEGEND OF ZITKALA-SA
“Lakota Creation Myth – The Legend of Zitkala-Sa”
photography Lonnie Webb
model Simha Victoria
styling Dara Schafer
makeup Anna Branson
hair Sunnie Brook
Love this little editorial from the latest Lone Wolf issue.
Beautiful Simha embodies Zitkala-Sa,(which means “Red Bird” also known as Gertrude
Simmons Bonnin) who was a Sioux writer, editor, musician, teacher and political activist.
She wrote several works chronicling her struggles in her youth as she was pulled back and
forth between the influences of dominant American culture and her own Native American
heritage, as well as books in English that brought traditional Native American stories to a
widespread white readership for one of the first times. With William F. Hanson, Bonnin
co-composed the first American Indian opera, The Sun Dance, which premiered in 1913.
She founded the National Council of American Indians in 1926 to lobby for the rights of
Native Americans to American citizenship, and served as its president until her death in
“A wee child toddling in a wonder world, I prefer to their dogma my
excursions into the natural gardens where the voice of the Great Spirit
is heard in the twittering of birds, the rippling of mighty waters, and the
sweet breathing of flowers. If this is Paganism, then at present, at least,
I am a Pagan.” – Zitkala-Sa