This is a haunting story about one woman’s journey into her past.
Herself one-quarter Dakota, Wilson embarks on a car trip through South Dakota’s Black Hills where her grandmother, her mother and six aunts all married white men and experienced discrimination from Indians and whites alike. Wilson shares what she learns about government boarding schools, land allotment, reservation rules and the long-forgotten Dakota War of l862. Interviews with her mother and aunts reveal each woman’s quiet dignity and grand sense of humor. Whether Wilson is searching abandoned family homesteads or watching out for rattlesnakes in desolate cemeteries, her passionate insights cause the reader to reflect long after turning the last page.—Phyllis Morreale-de la Garza