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Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Audio book report: The Dull Knifes of Pine Ridge

My wife and I have found audio books a great way to educate ourselves and our children on long drives. Even adult books can keep the kids minds off of teasing each other. The Dull Knifes of Pine Ridge by Joe Starita is one such good book for the road. The Dull Knifes are descendants of an Lakota Oglala Sioux chief who agreed to dull his knife against the whites overrunning his land in the 1800's. The first half of the book provides much background history on the European invasion and their broken land for peace treaties. Eventually descendants served for the United States in WW1 and Vietnam. The overall tone of the book is sadness. How much injustice can a people withstand? The book ends on a note of hope as the oldest Dull Knife gets to hold his newest grandchild.

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