Subverting the Rhetoric of Assimilation: Ella Cara Deloria (Dakota) in the 1920s.(Essay) Gardner, Susan

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Ella Deloria (1889-1971) is best known today as a distinguished scholar of ethnology and Lakota linguistics. Working with the trailblazers of American cultural anthropology, Deloria's contribution to fieldwork ethnology was unique. In addition to her lifelong labour on an enormous Sioux-English dictionary (still incomplete at her death), anthropologist Raymond J. DeMallie writes: [S]he transcribed and translated an enormous body of texts in Lakota and Dakota dialects ... on a wide variety of topics, selected to represent ... traditional myths, anecdotes, autobiographies, political speeches, conversation, humorous stories, and aphorisms. A written record of such magnitude does not exist for any other Plains Indian language. (In the "Afterword" to her one novel, Waterlily 236)
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