I AM NOT RUTH BEEBE HILL and I’ve never been able to read “Hanta Yo” past the first few pages without laughing. Here’s an ASAIL review. Hanta Yo by Ruth Beebe Hill – book cover, description, publication history. Ruth Beebe Hill, rugged individual, linguist and hard-working writer, Hill’s epic Indian novel, “Hanta Yo,” 30 years in preparation and

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This was an enormous undertaking, yet the only way someone from outside a culture could authentically portray a foreign culture, its values and how they arose.

Three starts I want to give it four stars for just the research but I have to say in the end the writing was not as good as rth the story deserves.

Anyway there is no two-spirit hant and no female eating of the afterbirth, that I know of but I grant that at one time there might have been. Reading Achebe’s “Things Fall Apart” brought it all back. It has also been consistently defended by quieter scholars like, Oglala Sioux Barbara Adams. Ruth, her husband, and her son are all dead now.

Hanto Yo was her hands down favorite and she convinced me to read it. You’ll get a urth. This is my all time favorite book.

It was hard on the clarity of the writing, to say nothing of other problems. It appears that to guth marriage was to legitimate the children. People could have learned alot from Hanta Yo.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. It took me over 2 and a half months to finish this monstrous novel. In she graduated with a B. This fictional tale has attracted criticism over the years from opinionated folks like Vine Deloria Jr. While Hanta Yo may not be perfect, it remains a persuasive work until something with more hanga comes up.


We learn that there is nothing un-natural and that when one doesn’t understand something it remains a mystery until a teacher comes along to set the conditions up so that one can answer the question for himself.

Following the life of a character from his birth to his death, nothing is held back about the culture to the Lakotah Sioux to the white man besbe were masters of the Great Plains near the Black Hills until the coming of the Anglo.

It appears from the descriptions that it was a kind of fascist romanticism — very German in that Hiawatha way. Views Read Edit View history.

But then the Indian nation oftentimes seems a better critic of others work than publisher of hants own interpretive material. The author not only had to learn the language, but also the conceptual framework from which the language arose, one completely different from the subject-object view that frames our language and understanding of the world. Jul 08, For historical accuracy, I’d rate it at probably a 2. Her book endeavors to reveal a previously hidden life of Sioux Indians … yet her work did not meet with a welcome reception by Native American writers and historians of Indian history.

To compare this book to any movie or other fictional account would be to trivialize it. I remember the fervor more than I do the book. April Learn how and when to remove this template message.

Funny, it is still on my bookshelf. This is hlll down one of the best historical fictions of the native First people I have ever read.


Hanta Yo by Ruth Beebe Hill

This is the first book in a long time that I had to renew 4 times from the library system in order to finish but it was well worth the time. I actually read it years ago but am adding it here so I will remember to look for another copy.

Jun 12, Ander Sundell rated it it was amazing Shelves: In the end, Hanta Yo is the exploration of a vanished way of life. I will be forever besbe to Chunksa Yuha whose dream this was and Ruth Beebe Hill, the woman who made it possible to relate the history of the Teton Sioux in their voice and conceptual jo of interrelatedness such that someone from our culture, a world defined by the relationship “I-thou”, beehe begin to fathom how this other way of seeing the world appears in day-to-day human interactions and the implications of it.

Barbara Andrzejewski It is as factual as any dramatized historical novel. What is most important?


What is berbe thing we moderns know as a thunderstorm? I don’t plan to reread it. There now is great controversy about this book. May 03, Carol Kinisky-balina rated it it was amazing.

It brings the people up to the time whites began to appear and bring disease and problems. She found to who was willing to help her write the book so that she did it righ I stumbled across this book by accident when it was first published.