Camping With the Sioux
The Fieldwork Diary of Alice Cunningham Fletcher
In the fall of 1881, Alice Fletcher traveled to Dakota Territory to live with Sioux women and record their way of life, accompanied by Susette La Flesche, an Omaha Indian, and journalist Thomas Henry Tibbles. Her trip was unprecedented. Although ethnologists such as Lewis Henry Morgan and John Wesley Powell had met Native Americans on their travels in the Wast, no one but Frank Hamilton Cushing had ever lived with the Native Americans for a scientific purpose, and Cushing had not yet returned from Zuni.
An unmarried woman of forty-three, Fletcher had no salary to speak of, no knowledge of Native American languages, and only informal anthropological training. Few people believed she could succeed. On September 16, in a cold and blustery rain, Fletcher set out for the Great Sioux Reservation. More ≥
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