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Controversial Memoir Release: The Dark Horse Speaks by Little White Bird
By: Passer Press
This memoir is a contemporary, first hand, insider’s look into the ways, life, and traditions of the Oglala Lakota on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota.
Chief Two Bear Paws, one of the last remaining full-blood Lakota chiefs, traveled two thousand miles to claim Little White Bird as his wife; they lived together on the reservation in the remote village of Wounded Knee. Wounded Knee is located in the poorest county in the United States; however, it is a place rich in heritage and history. Wounded Knee is the sacred ground where three hundred Lakota were killed and buried in a mass grave after the massacre at Wounded Knee in 1890. Wounded Knee is also the sight of the 1973 takeover when Native Americans took a stand for their rights during a 71 day siege.
Shelley Ott, Managing Editor of Passer Press, had this to say regarding the book’s release: “This is a bold title for a small press to launch. The controversy and racism surrounding Wounded Knee is certain to draw attention to the Pine Ridge Reservation. Little White Bird’s memoir will shock many from many sides.”
The Dark Horse Speaks describes the Pine Ridge Reservation as “a third world country right here within the United States.” In the book, Little White Bird’s husband, Chief Two Bear Paws states: “The U.S. government turns its back on the Lakota. They do not want to see what they have done. But we are still here, even if they do not look” Her memoir paints a portrait of shacks made from garbage dotting the prairie, serving as homes to the Lakota. Poverty forces many to survive off unhealthy government rations. But the Lakota’s spirit remains strong.
The Oglala Lakota, often incorrectly referred to as “Sioux” cautions Little White Bird, still cling to their old ways and traditions while the author adapts to reservation life and tries to let go of White Man’s ways and the modern world. Many culture conflicts and misunderstandings ensue as the book unfolds.
In a setting that holds both beauty and tragedy, The Dark Horse Speaks is filled with constant hope and love. “It’s just that life doesn’t always turn out the way you’d expect,” said Ms. Ott. “Little White Bird reveals how stereotypes don’t often meet well with reality.”
Little White Bird’s book tour is currently passing through the Northern Cheyenne reservation in Montana, and will commence with a proposed author reading and book signing at the Pequot Museum in Ledyard, CT early winter 2013.
In conclusion, Ms. Ott states: “The Dark Horse Speaks will touch many hearts, as well as light a few fires along the way.”
The Dark Horse Speaks is available on Amazon (paperback and Kindle edition) http://www.amazon.com/
barnesandnoble.com (paperback) http://www.barnesandnoble.com/
Barnes and Noble retail stores (paperback), and on the book’s website (paperback): www.thedarkhorsespeaks.com
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