Adapted by Gina Capaldi and Q.L.Pearce. Red bird sings: the story of Zitkala-Sa, Native American author, musician and activist. Ill. by Gina Capaldi. 2011. 32 p. Carolrhoda Books, $17.95. (978-0-7613-5257-0). Gr. 2-5.
Born in 1876 on the Yankton Sioux Reservation in South Dakota, young Zitkala-Sa (“Red Bird”) volunteered to attend missionary school in Indiana, where she soon became trapped between two cultures. In spite of the challenges of her new environment, she quickly developed her interests in women’s suffrage and musical instruction, which became lifetime passions. At college, she developed both her musical talent and her oratorical skills, standing up for the rights of Native Americans. Later, she later co-authored the first opera by a Native American and became a political activist in DC, working to achieve voting and citizenship rights for Native Americans. (mmc)