Waterlily Setting & Symbolism

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Star Elk's Camp Circle

This is where Blue Bird and her grandmother stayed after their family was attacked and killed when Blue Bird was fourteen. Blue Bird and her grandmother stayed in this camp circle for four years before their own camp circle found them.

Black Eagles Tiyosaye

A tiyosaye is a group of tipis within the larger camp circle. Black Eagle was the head of Blue Bird's family, so when she and her grandmother returned to their camp circle, the two women lived in Black Eagle's tiyosaye. This is where Waterlily grew up because Black Eagle was married to Waterlily's father's sister, so Black Eagle was always the head of Waterlily's family and tiyosaye.

Box Butte

Box Butte is a Holy Hill where the Dakotas have gone to pray and leave their prayers for many years. Gloku takes her grandchildren up there to pray.

Sun Dance Festival

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