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Ruth Beebe Hill HANTA YO First Edition

Ruth Beebe Hill HANTA YO First Edition

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First American edition, first print hardback of HANTA YO, by Ruth Beebe Hill and published by Doubleday & Company, inc, New York in 1979.

The book is in very good condition (Clean quarter bound amber cloth over amber boards with gilt lettering on spine) with only minor wear to the dust jacket, which is not price clipped (some chipping and small tears to the spine corners, two small closed tears to top and bottom edges at the back, some fading to the spine and jacket edges). Internally, the pages are clean and tight and there are no tears and no inscriptions.

Ruth Beebe Hill was born in Cleveland, in 1913. She graduated with a B.A. from Western Reserve University and pursued graduate studies there in 1936-37. Hill studied at the University of Colorado and also served as Co-founder of the Women's Auxiliary California Institute for Cancer Research.

Throughout her life she has and continues to lecture at Universities and seminars across the country. In addition to her best selling novel Hanta Yo, she was the author of a monthly column for Western Life Magazine. In 1979 Hill received the Golden Plate Award from American Academy of Achievement. She was 66 at the time Hanta Yo was published, although she began work on the thirty-year project beginning in 1951.

From the time she was young she had a passion for Native Americans. From 1951-1954, Hill buried herself in local libraries preparing for her novel. She finally came to the conclusion that library research was not sufficient for her cause and left to travel Native American Reservations.

She spoke with/interviewed over a thousand Native Americans. Her intention was to gain first hand experience in a Native American environment and she spent much of her time, not only speaking with the natives, but observing the land in order to absorb the influence on the culture.

Chunksa Yuha, a bilingual Native American musician, entered the project during the last fourteen years. Yuha assisted Hill in the discovery of the Native American "soul." She committed herself to learning the Native American language, Dakotah (Lakotah) with Yuha as her instructor. The fact that he had been withheld from "white schooling" as a youngster made him a valuable resource in her studies. Yuha regurgitated information, some of which had been suppressed for as many as two hundred yeas.

"Hanta Yo," meaning "clear the way" in Dakotah, tells the story of a small tribe of Teton Sioux which resisted white influence during the time between 1750-1834. Hanta Yo, Hill's only book, is more a life work than a novel. Her desire to produce this text obviously emerged from a sincere passion rather than a desire for success and recognition.

"A multi-generational saga: a spiritual journey: an evocation of the world before the white man.

Hanta Yo is, in the opinion of many, destined to become one of the twentieth century's classics. It is unique: a hauntingly beautiful. powerfully dramatic story based on fact, which captures not only the language but the spiritual experience of a culture that has now been lost for ever.

Like 'Roots' and 'Shogun', it tells from the inside the story of an alien culture - that of a band of Teton Sioux Indians, who wandered the plains, riverlands and black hills until, in the climax to the book, they have to flee the invading white man to try to preserve their way of life.

Hanto Yo took 25 years to write and was completed only after years of collaboration with the Indian Chunksa Yuha, the last surviving member of a group of eight Dakotah boys who were taught, in the early years of this century, the ancient, suppressed Dakotah language, rituals and songs.

It is an astonishing linguistic achievement, recreating the Indian Dakotah language itself, the way of thought - wholly alien to our own, and yet striking a chord half forgotten.

Hanta Yo is the Indian expression meaning 'Clear the Way'. Hanta Yo does more than preserve the story of the Dakotah Indians. It preserves a spirit which twentieth century man has nearly lost..."

834 pages.

ISBN: 0 385 13554 8

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