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“One day I realize that my entire back seat is filled with relatives who wonder why I’m not paying more attention to their part of the family story. . . . Sooner or later they all come up to the front seat and whisper stories in my ear.” Growing up in the 1950s in suburban Minneapolis, Diane Wilson had a family like everybody else’s. Her Swedish American father was a salesman at Sears and her mother drove her brothers to baseball practice and went to parent-teacher conferences. But in her thirties, Diane began to wonder why her mother didn’t speak of her past. So she traveled to South Dakota and Nebraska, searching out records of her relatives through six generations, hungering to know their stories. She began to write a haunting account of the lives of her Dakota Indian family, based on research, to recreate their oral history that was lost, or repressed, or simply set aside as gritty issues of survival demanded attention. Spirit Car is an exquisite counterpoint of memoir and carefully researched fiction, a remarkable narrative that ties modern Minnesotans to the trauma of the Dakota War. Wilson found her family’s love and humor—and she discovered just how deeply our identities are shaped by the forces of history.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-ix
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  1. Author’s Note
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. BOOK ONE
  2. pp. 3-4
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  1. 1. Step Back in Time: November 6, 2002, Lower Sioux Reservation, Minnesota
  2. pp. 5-10
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  1. 2. Dakota War of 1862: August 15, 1862, Lower Sioux Reservation, Minnesota
  2. pp. 11-29
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  1. 3. The Renville Rangers: August 19, 1862, Fort Ridgely, Minnesota
  2. pp. 30-45
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  1. 4. Sisseton to Santee: April 1884, Santee Reservation, Nebraska
  2. pp. 46-59
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  1. 5. Jousting with Windmills: August 1991, Holy Rosary Mission School, South Dakota
  2. pp. 60-64
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  1. 6. The Sixth Daughter: March 27, 1926, St. Helena, Nebraska
  2. pp. 65-70
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  1. 7. A Steady Paycheck: October 1931, Lead, South Dakota
  2. pp. 71-76
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  1. 8. Hard Times: August 1936, Rapid City, South Dakota
  2. pp. 77-82
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  1. 9. A Visit Home: April 1940, Holy Rosary Mission School, South Dakota
  2. pp. 83-88
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  1. 10. The American Dream: August 1991, Golden Valley, Minnesota
  2. pp. 89-94
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  1. 11. Leap of Faith: March 1940, Rapid City, South Dakota
  2. pp. 95-100
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  1. 12. Starting Over: March 1940, Mendota, Minnesota
  2. pp. 101-106
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  1. BOOK TWO
  2. pp. 107-108
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  1. 13. Corn Husks & Bun Time: October 1992, Richfield, Minnesota
  2. pp. 109-120
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  1. 14. Cowboys & Indians: July 1997, Burke, South Dakota
  2. pp. 121-129
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  1. 15. Chiefs & Scoundrels: July 1997, Rapid City, South Dakota
  2. pp. 130-139
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  1. 16. Indian Givers & Land Allotment: July 1997, Santee Reservation, Nebraska
  2. pp. 140-156
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  1. 17. Spirit Car: 1997, South Dakota
  2. pp. 157-159
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  1. 18. Turning Point: November 1999, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  2. pp. 160-163
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  1. 19. 'Til Death Do Us Part
  2. pp. 177-187
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  1. 20. Minnesota’s Legacy: August 2001, Lower Sioux Agency, Minnesota
  2. pp. 175-177
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  1. 21. Through Dakota Eyes:October 2001, Cannon Falls, Minnesota
  2. pp. 178-183
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  1. 22. Dakota Homecoming: November 7, 2002, Lower Sioux Reservation, Minnesota
  2. pp. 184-200
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  1. 23. Reconciliation: November 2002, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  2. pp. 102-204
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  1. Family Tree
  2. pp. 205-208
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  1. Source Notes
  2. pp. 209-216
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 217-233
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780873516990
Print ISBN
9780873517652
MARC Record
OCLC
794701017
Pages
224
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
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