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A Warrior's Daughter

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Author: Zitkala-Sa (Red Bird; also Gertrude Simmons Bonnin)
Published: 1902
Language: English
Wordcount: 2,979 / 9 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 81.9
LoC Category: PN
Downloads: 1,097
Added to site: 2007.08.13
mnybks.net#: 17915
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In the afternoon shadow of a large teepee, with red-painted smoke lapels, sat a warrior father with crossed shins. His head was so poised that his eye swept easily the vast level land to the eastern horizon line.

He was the chieftain's bravest warrior. He had won by heroic deeds the privilege of staking his wigwam within the great circle of teepees.

He was also one of the most generous gift givers to the toothless old people. For this he was entitled to the red-painted smoke lapels on his cone-shaped dwelling. He was proud of his honors. He never wearied of rehearsing nightly his own brave deeds. Though by wigwam fires he prated much of his high rank and widespread fame, his great joy was a wee black-eyed daughter of eight sturdy winters. Thus as he sat upon the soft grass with his wife at his side, bent over her bead work, he was singing a dance song, and beat lightly the rhythm with his slender hands.

His shrewd eyes

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