Leaving Everything Behind: The Songs and Memories of a Cheyenne Woman (Paperback)

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Bertha Little Coyote was a pistol.

She was predictably outspoken and courageous, and her opinions were, to many people's chagrin, piercingly correct in most situations. In this memoir she shows herself also as a deeply tender-hearted, expressive musician who was fiercely committed to people--especially Cheyenne people. She triumphed over ninety years of a difficult life, and had full hopes for an exciting spiritual existence after she "leaves everything on earth behind."

Here are Bertha Little Coyote's songs and memories of government school, old-time Cheyenne life, fighting white boys, singing around the drum, dancing with the war mothers, being baptized in the lake, and dreaming important dreams. Ethnomusicologist Virginia Giglio says of her teacher, "It was the depth of her personality, her power, her particular ability to speak and sing right to the quick of my heart that compelled me to write her life and record her songs."
Product Details
ISBN: 9780806146249
ISBN-10: 0806146249
Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
Publication Date: November 15th, 1997
Pages: 188
Language: English