Memory Songs

Nov 15th, 2001 | By | Category: 13-2: The Power of Partnerships, Media Reviews

By Lydia Whirlwind Soldier
Center for Western Studies (Box 727, Augustana
College, Sioux Falls, SD 57197), 1999
60 pages

Review by Tracey Jilot

Lydia Whirlwind Soldier gives us a pleasant glimpse of the Lakota people through her beautiful poetry. Memory Songs gently weaves the past and present into a lovely, informative quilt of Ms. Whirlwind Soldier’s life. The author allows us to partake in her life, to see the beauty of her grandmother’s Lakota stories, and to cry with her as she shares her tragic losses.

This book is a invitation to view the author’s heart and to share in her life’s experiences, and I would highly recommend that individuals take this wonderful journey. As a tribal college librarian, I would suggest the use of this book for both English and literature courses.

An enrolled member of the Chippewa Cree Tribe of Rocky Boy’s Reservation, Tracey Jilot is also the librarian for Stone Child College.


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