Grandmother's Grandchild

Grandmother's Grandchild

My Crow Indian Life

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Baker & Taylor
A Crow woman recalls her life on the reservation with her grandmother, a famous medicine women named Pretty Shield, remembering the poverty and hardship that marked her life, as well as the lessons she learned in federal Indian schools.

Univ of Nebraska
“I became what the Crows call káalisbaapite—a ‘grandmother’s grandchild.’ That means that I was always with my Grandma, and I learned from her. I learned how to do things in the old ways.”—Alma Hogan Snell

Grandmother's Grandchild is the remarkable story of Alma Hogan Snell (1923–2008), a Crow woman brought up by her grandmother, the famous medicine woman Pretty Shield. Snell grew up during the 1920s and 1930s, part of the second generation of Crows to be born into reservation life. Like many of her contemporaries, she experienced poverty, personal hardships, and prejudice and left home to attend federal Indian schools.

What makes Snell's story particularly engaging is her exceptional storytelling style. She is frank and passionate, and these qualities yield a memoir unlike those of most Native women. The complex reservation world of Crow women—harsh yet joyous, impoverished yet rich in meaning—unfolds for readers. Snell's experiences range from the forging of an unforgettable bond between grandchild and grandmother to the flowering of an extraordinary love story that has lasted more than five decades.

Book News
Snell was raised by her famous medicine woman grandmother, Pretty Shield, during the 1920s and 1930s as part of the second generation of Crows to be born into reservation life. At the center of her story is her relationship with Bill Snell, and revelations of emotional dimensions usually absent from native women's memoirs. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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A memoir expresses the poverty, personal hardships, and prejudice of the author's life growing up as a second generation Crow Indian on a reservation, and the bond she formed with her grandmother, a medicine woman.

Publisher: Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, c2000
ISBN: 9780803242777
Characteristics: xvii, 213 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Matthews, Becky


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