Life's Journey--Zuya: Oral Teachings from Rosebud
"Our people are very lucky to be here," says Albert White Hat Sr. He lived through a time when Indians were sent to boarding schools and were not permitted to practice their own rituals. Although the Lakota people can practice their beliefs openly once again, things have changed and old ways have been forgotten. White Hat seeks to preserve the link the Lakota people have with their past. In Life's Journey--Zuya, he has collected and translated the stories of medicine men, retaining the simplicity of their language so as not to interpret their words through a Western lens. This is Zuya, oral history that is lived and handed down over the generations.
White Hat shares stories from his own experience, showing not only how the Lakota lifestyle has been altered but also how Lakota words have begun to take on new meanings that lack their original connotations and generate a different picture of Lakota philosophy. By gathering traditions and ceremonies with the history of how they evolved, he has secured the meaning of these practices for future generations in this enjoyable and enlightening book.