- Jan. 19, 2011 -
Wenona Black Elk is woven from three threads---Navajo, Dakota Sioux, and white. As a child, a stable family eludes Wenona. She is shuffled from her Dakota Sioux grandparents' windswept farm in South Dakota to her great-aunt's ranch on the Navajo desert. Her unstable father drops into her life at rare moments, leaving as quickly as he arrives. But Wenona faces more challenges than trying to figure out where she belongs---she is taunted by other children and called "half-blood."
Despite all she endures, Wenona becomes a young woman with hopes and dreams. Unfortunately, she finds herself in an ill-fated marriage and soon after, her father unleashes a devastating blow.
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Stein is the author of Three Threads Woven, a 2010 WILLA finalist awarded by Women Writing the West. Her first book, Maggie's Way: The Story of a Defiant Pioneer Woman was published in 2005. A short story, Sanctuary, appeared in the South Dakota Review.Photo: