Lana's Lakota Moons

By Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve
(University of Nebraska Press, Paperback, 9780803260283, 116pp.)

Publication Date: November 2007

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This charming and poignant contemporary story about two Lakota girls and their Laotian friend illuminates for children and adults the Lakota meaning of family, friendship, life, and death. In the Lakota way, Lana and her cousin Lori are like sisters, growing up together under the caring eyes of an extended family of parents and grandparents. Also like sisters, they have their share of squabbles and fights, but when they meet a new girl at school who has recently arrived from Laos, they are drawn closer by their shared friendship, their discoveries about cultural differences, and their experience with loss and death. An image of footprints in the snow, one under the other so that it looks as if only one person is walking, becomes the central compelling image in the story. "We can't keep snow from melting," says Grandpa, "But the footprints will always be there, even if we can't see them." Taking her inspiration from Lakota and Asian students in her home state of South Dakota, award-winning children's writer Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve has crafted a simple story of friendship that survives a tragic year, beautifully illuminating along the way many profound truths about the human spirit.



About the Author
Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve is a well-known Lakota writer and a recipient of the 2000 National Humanities Medal. She is the author of "Lana's Lakota Moons" (Nebraska 2007), "Grandpa Was a Cowboy" "and an Indian and Other Stories" (available in a Bison Books edition), and many other children's books. Her memoir "Completing the Circle" (Nebraska 1995) won the North American Indian Prose Award. Nadema Agard is a Lakota-Cherokee-Powhatan artist, curator, educator, museum professional, and consultant in repatriation and multicultural-Native American arts and cultures as well as the director of Red Earth Studio Consulting and Productions.
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