Book Club

Our Book Club is an opportunity for interested persons to come together to review and discuss the book assigned to each month. The book selections revolve around learning from those authors that offer a viewpoint through their books that will bring healing or understanding of issues that impact our mission to reverse institutional or individual racism. The Book Club is an opportunity for participants to express any lessons they may have learned, and can come together to talk about the books and the reading experience.

The Book Club typically meets on the 4th Monday of each month at He Sapa New Life Church, 415 MacArthur Street (Rapid City). The evening begins at 5:30pm with a shared potluck meal.

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DAKOTA TEXTS by Ella Deloria

ABOUT THE BOOK: Ella Deloria, one of the first Native students of linguistics and ethnography in the United States, grew up on the Standing Rock Reservation on the northern Great Plains and was trained by Franz Boas at Columbia University. Dakota Texts presents a rich array of Sioux mythology and folklore in its original language and in translation. Originally published in 1932 by the American Ethnological Society, this work is a landmark contribution to the study of the Sioux tribes.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Ella Cara Deloria (January 31, 1889 – February 12, 1971), (Yankton Dakota), also called Aŋpétu Wašté Wiŋ (Beautiful Day Woman), was an educator, anthropologist, ethnographer, linguist, and novelist of European American and Native American (American Indian) ancestry. She recorded Native American oral history and legends, and she also contributed to the study of Native American languages.

Deloria was born in the White Swan district of the Yankton Indian Reservation, South Dakota. Her parents were Mary (or Miriam) (Sully) Bordeaux Deloria and Philip Joseph Deloria, the family having Yankton Dakota, English, French and German roots. Her father was one of the first Sioux to be ordained as an Episcopal priest. Her mother was the daughter of Alfred Sully, a general in the US Army, and a Métis Yankton Sioux. Ella was the first child to the couple, who each had several daughters by previous marriages. Her full siblings were sister, Susan, and brother, Vine Deloria Sr., who became an Episcopal priest like their father.

Deloria was brought up on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, at Wakpala, and was educated first at her father's mission school, St. Elizabeth’s, and All Saints Boarding School, . She went to a boarding school in Sioux Falls. After graduation, she attended Oberlin College, Ohio, to which she had won a scholarship. After two years at Oberlin, Deloria transferred to Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, and graduated with a 1915.

October 22, 2018 at 5:30pm

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LAKOTA MYTH by James R. Walker

ABOUT THE BOOK: James R. Walker was a physician to the Pine Ridge Sioux from 1896 to 1914. His accounts of this time, taken from his personal papers, reveal much about Lakota life and culture. This third volume of previously unpublished material from the Walker collection presents his work on Lakota myth and legend. This edition includes classic examples of Lakota oral literature, narratives that were known only to a few Oglala holy men, and Walker's own literary cycle based on all he had learned about Lakota myth. Lakota Myth is an indispensable source for students of comparative literature, religion, and mythology, as well as those interested in Lakota culture.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Not much is known about Dr. James R. Walker was born in 1849 and died in 1926. He spent eighteen years at Pine Ridge Reservation where he recorded a wealth of information on the traditional life ways of the Oglala Lakota people.

November 26, 2018 at 5:30pm