The Flight of Red Bird: The Life of Zitkala-Sa - Study Guide The Yankton Reservation 1876 to 1884: Tiyospaye; Winyan; Wasicun Kin Owewakankan Tawapi Summary & Analysis

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In Tiyospaye (Social Unit), Gertrude and Tate lived in a tiyospaye, or social unit. In Indian society, oral tradition served as winter education for children as elders told stories to teach morality. Gertrude loved the Iktomi stories the most. Iktomi was greedy, helpful and creative. An elder told the story of Prairie Flower and her ill husband, Cloud Elk. They had stayed behind when others left the reservation and had nothing to eat. Prairie Flower saw a hunter kill a buffalo and he promised to give her meat, saying he helped the sick and the poor, but he only gave her a scrap. The next day, the same thing happened. Prairie Flower talked to the hunter about his lies. She said Cloud Elk, a medicine man, would...

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