Beloved Child by Diane Wilson

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"Far greater even than the loss of land, or the relentless coercion to surrender cultural traditions, the deaths of over six hundred children by the spring of 1864 were an unbearable tragedy. Nearly one hundred and fifty years after the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862, Dakota people are still struggling with the effects of this unimaginable loss."Among the Dakota, the Beloved Child ceremony marked the special, tender affection that parents felt toward a child whose life had been threatened. In this moving book, author Diane Wilson explores the work of several modern Dakota people who are continuing to raise beloved children: Gabrielle Tateyuskanskan, an artist and poet; Clifford Canku, a spiritual leader and language teacher; Alameda Rocha, a boarding school survivor; Harley and Sue Eagle, Canadian activists; and Delores Brunelle, an Ojibwe counselor. each of these humble but powerful people teaches children to believe in the "genius and brilliance" of Dakota culture as a way of surviving historical trauma.Crucial to true healing, Wilson has learned, is a willingness to begin with yourself. Each of these people works to transform the effects of genocide, restoring a way of life that regards our beloved children as wakan, sacred.
 

About Diane Wilson

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Diane Wilson is a freelance writer and editor. She lives in Shafer, Minnesota.
 
Published August 29, 2011 by Borealis Books. 210 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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With simple and beautiful prose, this book is filled with pain and trauma, but also with redemption.

Sep 01 2011 | Read Full Review of Beloved Child

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The Indian land was sold to settlers at $1.25 per acre.Without land and traditional hunting, the Indians starved.

Apr 26 2012 | Read Full Review of Beloved Child

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