Salt Camp: HerStory

Nov 15th, 2003 | By | Category: 15-2: Reclaiming Native Health, Media Reviews

SALT CAMP COVERBy Ollie Napesni
LeadingEducation.com/Trafford Publishing (2003). 242 pages.
ISBN: 1-4120-0338-5, $22.95

Review by Sammie Bordeaux

Salt Camp: HerStory resonates with the recollections of a Native woman who grew up during the early reservation period and who lived through  major eras in American Indian history: allotment, assimilation, termination, relocation, Indian self-determination, and the present. Napesni’s stories give the reader the perspective of the human beings who lived under the political decisions the U.S. government made to address “the Indian Problem” in this century.

Salt Camp: HerStory has relevance to all tribal people who want to preserve their own history in their own words for future generations. Through the telling of ohunkan’kan (teaching stories) and ehanni wicoyake (oral history), Napesni’s autobiography weaves the reader into the stories that formed the present day Sicangu Oyate (Burnt Thigh Nation). Ollie Napesni is a Lakota living treasure and an example of why elders are important to a people. Highly recommended for libraries and teachers of post-colonial and oral literature.

Sammie Bordeaux (Sicangu Lakota) is publications coordinator at Sinte Gleska University on the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota.

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