"Voices from Pejuhutazizi" Virtual Book Launch

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"Voices from Pejuhutazizi" Virtual Book Launch

Sat., Feb 5, 2022, 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Join us for a virtual celebration of the new book, Voices from Pejuhutazizi: Dakota Stories and Storytellers, a rich trove of stories told by five generations of a Dakota family, by Teresa Peterson with Walter (Super) LaBatte Jr.

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Through five generations at Pejuhutazizi (the place where they dig the yellow medicine), Teresa Peterson's family members have listened to and told stories: stories of events, migrations, and relationships in Dakota history, and stories that carry Dakota culture through tales, legends, and myths. In the 1910s, Waŋbdiṡka (Fred Pearsall) made notes on stories he heard from Dakota elders, including his mother-in-law, at the Upper Sioux Community in Mni Sota Makoce—Minnesota.

In the 1950s, when he wrote them down in a letter to his daughters, his young grandson Waṡicuŋhdinażiŋ (Walter "Super" LaBatte Jr.) was already listening and learning from his family's elders and other members of the community. And then that grandson grew up to become a storyteller.

Teresa Peterson, the great-granddaughter of Fred and the niece of Super, has her own story of finding identity to tell. In this book, she has worked with her uncle to present their family's precious collection. These stories bring people together, impart values and traditions, deliver heroes, reconcile, reveal place, and entertain. Finally, as they bring delight to listeners, they provide belonging and nurture humanity.

Advance Praise:

 ​"​This heartfelt collection of stories follows the great tradition of oral storytellers, as it brings history to life with vivid details, reminds us of our shared humanity, and entertains while offering profound insights into Dakota culture and experience. This book is a rare and generous gift from a family of storytellers as they honor their responsibility to share these stories with future generations.” Diane Wilson, author of Spirit Car: Journey to a Dakota Past and The Seed Keeper: A Novel

This program will be streamed live and also available as a recording on Facebook and YouTube.


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