Wanted - Stories On Northern Tribes
I live among the Oglala Sioux Oyate and I am also a historian, and educator. I am tracing footsteps of the Hunkpapa and the Si hasapa people of the Great Sioux Nation. I am enrolled at Gnoozhekaaning in northern Michigan, (Ojibwe), and am related to the Hunkpapa and Si hasapa of the Lakota nation distantly.
Hardly are there stories of the past or current life of the tribes in North Dakota, Minnesota, and Michigan. There were travel routes of the north tribes long ago and there are many stories and rich history to discover for Native writers and historians.
There has in the past, been a lot of sensationalizing of Wounded Knee but what happened to the people of those tribes after the Little Big Horn and Wounded Knee? Although Donovin Arleigh Sprague recently published "Images of America; The Standing Rock Sioux", what about those peoples lives and their descendants and what are they doing today?
Although images are important we also need to know the peoples stories that go along with those images. Just a thought and idea for future writers who want to preserve our past for the future generations. Maybe some Native people have historical photographs about their relatives and maybe a location for archival images could be created somewhere.
However, we do have to be careful with those who wish to exploit our stories just for entertainment purposes. We must show accurate history and change old stereotypical views of who we are as Native people.
Baamaapii Jeanne Bedell
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