"Brave Against The Enemy - T'oka Wan Itkok 'Ip Ohitkike Kin He" "a story of three generations -- of The Day before Yesterday, Of Yesterday and of Tomorrow", was written by Ann Clark with the Sioux translation by Emil Afraid of Hawk. Photographs were provided by Helen Post and the book was published by the Education Division of the United States Indian Service. Copyrighted 1944, this is a bilingual reader about a young Lakota boy growing up at Pine Ridge during the 1940's and his attempt to understand the two cultures of his life. It is said to be an accurate portrayal of what it meant to be a Lakota in the first half of the twentieth century.
Each page is written in English with the Lakota translation below or next to it. Black and white photographs accompany the story of a boy, his parents and his grandfather. The tales of their challenges to get jobs, feed themselves and deal with the traditions of their heritage are movingly written and illustrated in this first edition book.
The book is 215 pages in length and has 24 black and white illustrations. The soft-cover book has a tinted, photographic illustration on the cover. The book is in good condition with some light scuffing on the cover and a small crease at the bottom right side of the cover (see photo 1). The inside is clean and the binding is tight.
An amazing story as well as a great history book of the Native American's struggle to keep their traditions while forced to live in the society which was unfamiliar and harsh to them. A great book to any scholar of the Sioux, Lakota language.
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