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The real Rosebud : the triumph of a Lakota woman
Weinberg, Marjorie, 1934-
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Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, [2004]

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xvii, 86 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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E99.T34 Y448 2004 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Her great-grandfather was a famed Lakota warrior, her father a buffalo hunter, and Rosebud Yellow Robe hosted a CBS radio show in New York City. From buffalo hunting to the hub of twentieth-century urban life, this book chronicles the momentous changes in the life of a prominent Plains Indian family over three generations. At the center of the story is Rosebud (1907-92), whose personal recollections, family memoirs, letters, and stories form the basis of this book.

Rosebud's father, Chauncey Yellow Robe, was the son of a Lakota chief and had a traditional childhood until he was sent to the Carlisle Indian School, where he became an advocate for Indian education and citizenship. He was instrumental in planning the 1927 ceremony that brought his daughter into national prominence--an induction of Calvin Coolidge into the Lakota tribe, capped by Rosebud placing a feathered war bonnet on the president's head. Marjorie Weinberg follows the young woman from Rapid City, South Dakota, to New York City, where she became a noted lecturer and teller of Indian tales (and where her broadcasting career brought her name to the attention of Orson Welles, who may indeed have used her name for his famous sled in Citizen Kane). Reflecting a lifelong interest and a friendship that provided Weinberg access to family archives and a rich reservoir of family oral tradition, The Real Rosebud offers an intimate picture of a century and a half of a remarkable Lakota family.

Author Notes

Marjorie Weinberg is an educator and a trustee of Adelphi University.

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Rosebud Yellow Robe was born in 1907, the daughter of Chauncey Yellow Robe, a Lakota Sioux, and Lillian Springer, a nurse of Swiss and German heritage. Her grandfather fought against Custer at the Little Bighorn; he sent Chauncey to the Carlisle Indian School, from which he graduated in 1895. Chauncey became a teacher, encouraging his students both to succeed in the white world and to preserve Lakota traditions. Following in his footsteps, Rosebud attended the University of South Dakota, unusual for Native American women at that time; then, after her mother died in 1927, she went to New York. There she became director of theones Beach Indian Village on Long Island, where she taught crafts and shared Indian legends with her many white students, including the author. Weinberg's concise portrait thoughtfully illuminates the life of this distinguished woman, ensuring her place in history. The author is now researching Rosebud's parents, continuing the project Rosebud was working on when she died in 1992. --Deborah Donovan Copyright 2004 Booklist

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsp. ix
Forewordp. xi
Preface: The Real Rosebudp. xiii
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Introduction: Making the Promisep. 1
1. White Thunder to Yellow Robep. 7
2. Chauncey Yellow Robep. 13
3. Life in South Dakotap. 26
4. New Yorkp. 36
5. Jones Beachp. 42
6. Later Yearsp. 50
7. Epilogue: Keeping the Promisep. 63
Notesp. 69
Referencesp. 79
Indexp. 83