THE STORY OF THE SIOUX by Country Beautiful -- Eds. of & Marion E. Gridley


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On a few points -- in describing Sitting Bull as medicine man rather than chief, and in showing that the era of the mounted hunter was relatively brief -- this is superior to Bleeker's introduction to The Sioux Indians. However, Glaubke's screaming colors and stylized tableaux tell no more about the Sioux than they did of the Haida (p. 260, J-80), while Gridley's choppy style remains a serious drawback and, at its worst, approaches the unreadable (""he walked 150 miles to enter a mission school when he was seen that a new trail would have to be followed""). On the uses of the buffalo, the craft of beadwork (which developed after the first contacts with white men), the rules of counting coup, storytelling and the games of childhood, this text exhibits none of the minor inaccuracies and omissions for which previous Country Beautiful books have been criticized, but for format and readability this Story can't compare with Bleeker's utilitarian modesty.

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1972
Publisher: Putnam