THE LEGEND OF ZITKALA-SA

“Lakota Creation Myth – The Legend of Zitkala-Sa”
photography Lonnie Webb
styling Dara Schafer
makeup Anna Branson
Love this little editorial from the latest Lone Wolf issue.
 (including some amazing Heyoka Leather and Vanessa Mooney goodies)
 
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
 1938.
 
“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
via daraschafer / lonewolf / wiki / pinterest

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