Also known as Gertrude Simmons Bonnin, Zitkala-Ša was born on the Yankton Sioux Indian Reservation in 1876.

Award-winning Lakota artist S. D. Nelson has painted dramatic illustrations to showcase the story.  Nelson, a member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe is author and illustrator of other award-winning children’s books, including Crazy Horse’s Vision and Jim Thorpe’s Bright Path.

Dance in a Buffalo Skull
Illustrated by S. D. Nelson
ISBN 978-0-9777955-2-9
40 pages
$14.95, cloth

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"Sneak-Up Dance" from Traditional Lakota Songs by the Porcupine Singers courtesy Canyon Records License #2008-080. All rights reserved

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Dance in a Buffalo Skull

the discontented gopher dance in a buffalo skull the prairie dog prince the raccoon and the bee tree The Enchanted Buffalo