Why I am a pagan Zitkala summary?
Zitkala-Sa/Living or Deceased
Zitkala-Ša (1876–1938) (Dakota: pronounced zitkála-ša, which translates to “Red Bird”), also known by the missionary-given name Gertrude Simmons Bonnin, was a Sioux (Yankton Dakota) writer, editor, musician, teacher and political activist.
“Eating by Formula”, Zitkala Sa means a set pattern of eating. Zitkala-Sa was in tears on the first day in the land of apples because the school authorities attempted to cut her hair mercilessly. In Native American the meaning of the name Zitkala is: Bird.
What does the name Zitkala-Sa mean?
In the last section, called “The Snow Episode,” Zitkala-Sa describes how she eventually improved her English which made her be able to express herself in what she called “broken English.” Consequently, she decided to take a vengeance upon the people who scared and punished her unjustifiably.
She adopted the name Zitkala-Sa in her teens. When she was eight, she was sent to White’s Manual Labor Institute, a Quaker missionary school in Wabash, Indiana. At age 19, against her family’s wishes, she enrolled at Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana, also a Quaker school, and graduated in 1897.
Where did Zitkala-Sa go to school?
What is the great spirit by Zitkala-Sa about?
In “Why I Am a Pagan”, Zitkala-Sa depicts vividly how the voice of the white-American majority has swallowed the one of the Native-American community. Interestingly, at the same time, that voice of the American aborigines plays as their finest weapon to defend against the assimilation of America.