Memory Songs by Lydia Whirlwind Soldier (1999)

Noted Blackfoot author James Welch calls Lydia Whirlwind Soldier’s Memory Songs a book “that touches your heart as well as your imagination.” “It contains the power of a people who have survived – indeed, have triumphed over attempts to take away their culture and tradition,” Welch continues. “Equally important, it contains the spirit, the sensitivity and the talent of a poet who has given us a gift of great value. Lydia Whirlwind Soldier is that poet and Memory Songs is a collection that we will pick up again and again when we need to find true north on our moral compasses.”

Roberta Hill of the University of Wisconsin wrote, “Lydia Whirlwind Soldier’s Memory Songs opens in us that broad expanse of sky, grasses, and cottonwoods that is home to the Sicangu. In this beautiful collection of poems, we feel her experiences and listen with her to the voices of her Lakota ancestors and relatives. Her words carry both love and memory, moments of intense perception, of moving through history on those ever-present winds, and singing about what matters most.”

Memory Songs can be ordered from Augustana College Online Marketplace or from Amazon for $12.95, and from other online booksellers.

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