Red Bird Sings: The Story of Zitkala-Sa, Native American Author, Musician, and Activist
"I remember the day I lost my spirit." So begins the story of Gertrude Simmons, also known as Zitkala-Sa, which means Red Bird. Born in 1876 on the Yankton Sioux reservation in South Dakota, Zitkala-Sa willingly left her home at age eight to go to a boarding school in Indiana. But she soon found... show more
"I remember the day I lost my spirit." So begins the story of Gertrude Simmons, also known as Zitkala-Sa, which means Red Bird. Born in 1876 on the Yankton Sioux reservation in South Dakota, Zitkala-Sa willingly left her home at age eight to go to a boarding school in Indiana. But she soon found herself caught between two worlds--white and Native American. At school she missed her mother and her traditional life, but Zitkala-Sa found joy in music classes. "My wounded spirit soared like a bird as I practiced the piano and violin," she wrote. Her talent grew, and when she graduated, she became a music teacher, composer, and performer. Zitkala-Sa found she could also "sing" to help her people by writing stories and giving speeches. As an adult, she worked as an activist for Native American rights, seeking to build a bridge between cultures.The coauthors have told about Zitkala-Sa's life by weaving together pieces from her own stories. The artist's acrylic illustrations and collages of photos and primary source documents round out the vivid portrait of Zitkala-Sa, a frightened child whose spirit "would rise again, stronger and wiser for the wounds it had suffered."
Publish date: October 1st 2011
Publisher: Carolrhoda Books
Pages no: 32
Edition language: English
In this paraphrase of original texts by Red Bird, author Gina Capaldi retells the stories of this Native American girl who grew up between the world of her native people and the white people. “It was night when we reached the school grounds and were led toward an open door. The noisy hurrying of har...
A very sweet, very humane story of a girl being taken away from her land and learning to cope. The story of Zitkala-a is one of loss, but also of tremendous hope, of progress and tradition. It's inspirational, which is why it's so good to make it into a picture book and make it more accessible to ev...
This book was more than I thought it was going to be. From the cover, it appears to be a book about a Native American musician, but that is only one small part of this story. Zitkala-Sa was a remarkable woman who bravely navigated two worlds, ultimately giving a voice to the concerns of her people a...
Good use of primary source material.