The Flight of Red Bird: The Life of Zitkala-Sa Topics for Discussion

Doreen Rappaport
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How is morality portrayed in the Yankton tribe? What lessons did Zitkala-Sa learn about morality? Who was the most moral person in this book and why? Was Zitkala-Sa moral even though she lied about her family history?

Was Zitkala-Sa able to reclaim her identity? How did she define her own identity? How did she define the identity of the Indian vs. the white man?

What Indian traditions did Tate pass down to Zitkala-Sa? Did they define Zitkala-Sa? How did these traditions shape and influence her? Why was she most attracted to the tradition of the beadwork?

How was injustice portrayed in this book? How did it change your view of the plight of the Native American? Were there any injustices against the white man? If so, what were they?

Describe Zitkala-Sa's loss of innocence. When and how did she lose her innocence? Did she ever get it...

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