Hanta Yo

by Ruth Beebe Hill

Other authorsChunksa Yuha (Introduction)
Hardcover, 1979



Call number

PZ4.H64874 PS3558 .I444


Doubleday (1979), Edition: 1st, 834 pages


A multigenerational saga that depicts the lives of two families of Teton Sioux from the late 1700s to the 1830s, before the arrival of the white man.

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LibraryThing member jveezer
This has to be one of my favorite books on Native American culture. In my mind, this is historical fiction at it's best. It's a multi-generational saga that gives us a glimpse into Sioux life right up to the 1830's when the onrush of settlers became torrential. This is a must-read for those wanting
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a glimpse at pre-reservation plains life.

Interestingly, the manuscript was translated from modern english into Lakotah and back into the english of the early 1800's with help from a full-blood Santee Sioux.

I will be re-reading this one again and again.
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LibraryThing member anniemktx
This is a fictionalized, multi generational story of a Lakota Sioux family. It's a story that makes you laugh and cry and love. The author lived with a Sioux tribe for many years to learn their language, customs and history. She wrote the novel in their native language, and then translated it to
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English. It's a powerful and fascinating novel.
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LibraryThing member Pattern-chaser
I've read some unpleasant criticisms of this book that I have no way of evaluating. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
LibraryThing member DomingoSantos
Rings with authenticity! Very enjoyable. One of my all-time favorites! Be sure to first read the glossary at the end of the book before you start to read the novel. (I didn't and had to re-read the novel once I had a better understanding from the glossary of some of the terms used----but even then
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it was enjoyable to revisit!)
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LibraryThing member DinadansFriend
I think this was quite a good book and Hill made a definite effort to make as much of a trip inside the Dakotah language as she could. I came away with an impression that we moderns are definitely living the most comfortable lives anyone has yet had. It takes about a hundred pages until one feels
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at ease but I think the experience well worth it.
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LibraryThing member juniperSun
I was very engrossed in this depiction of Native American life, when I read it 40 years ago.


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0385135548 / 9780385135542


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