From pony to airplane, from medication dance to Christian worship, Mountain Wolf Lady, Sister of Crashing Thunder is the life story of a Winnebago Lady, told in her own words to her adopted kinswoman, Nancy Lurie. This retelling of more than seventy-5 years of Local American life is both a candid and compelling account of the way one Lady lived thru a length of cultural crisis.
Mountain Wolf Woman tells of her childhood in Wisconsin, her brief keep at a mission college, her marriage to “Bad Soldier,” and her non secular experiences with peyote. Her struggle to care for her circle of relatives against many hardships—odds that will have defeated a less full of life and self-assured person—underscores her perseverance and tenacity. Whether or not she is describing her wanderings as a kid or her misfortunes later in life, Mountain Wolf Woman sets forth her perspectives in truthful and perceptive terms, adding all of the more power to her narrative.
This book is a valuable companion to the tale of Mountain Wolf Lady’s brother, immortalized by Paul Radin in Crashing Thunder, a classic of anthropological literature. It is going to even be of interest to these fascinated by ethnographic records, the role of girls in Local cultures, and Midwestern Local American citizens, typically.
” . . . an excellent human document.”
” . . . a kind of rare books . . . .”
“. . . a notable contribution to the literature of culture change and culture and personality.”
Nancy O. Lurie has written extensively on Local American culture over her long career. She is now retired from her former position as head curator of anthropology, Milwaukee Public Museum.