Good Friday on the Rez

Good Friday on the Rez

A Pine Ridge Odyssey

Book - 2017
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"Good Friday on the Rez introduces readers to places and people that author, writer, and entrepreneur David Bunnell encounters during his one day, 280-mile road trip from his boyhood Nebraska hometown to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation to visit his longtime friend, Vernell White Thunder, a full-blooded Oglala Lakota, descendant of a long line of prominent chiefs and medicine men. This captivating narrative is part memoir and part history. Bunnell shares treasured memories of his time living on and teaching at the reservation. Sometimes raw and sometimes uplifting, Bunnell looks back to expose the difficult life and experiences faced by the descendants of Crazy Horse, Red Cloud, and Sitting Bull while also illuminating their courageous resiliency. Substantive and at times disturbing, Bunnell reflects back to his time on the rez during the violent 70s when he smuggled food to radical Indians at Wounded Knee. Peppered with Vernell White Thunder's spellbinding stories of growing up in a one-room log house with his medicine man grandfather, Bunnell begs the reader to join in on the poignant conversations about present-day Native Americans. Good Friday on the Rez is a dramatic page-turner, an incredible true story that tracks the torment and miraculous resurrection of Native American pride, spirituality, and culture -- how things got to be the way they are, where they are going, and why we should care."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, St. Martin's Press,, 2017
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781250112538
Branch Call Number: B Bunnell 2017
Characteristics: xvi, 271 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations, map ; 22 cm


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Oct 09, 2018

I only gave this book three stars because the author's ranting asides about the culture he grew up in was jarring at times. He made it abundantly clear that he had nothing but contempt for his hometown and most of the people in it. The parts of the book where he described his one-day road trip to Pine Ridge, South Dakota from Alliance, Nebraska were interesting and well-written. The interspersing of Lakota history and culture with his friend Vernell's life was also interesting. Toning down the rhetoric a bit would make the ideas in this book more open to more people.

Jan 06, 2018

Wonderfully enlightening account and introduction to the recent history of this northwestern most part of the Nebraska Sandhills and Pine Ridge Indian Reservation to the north. Published posthumously, David Hugh Bunnell grew up in Alliance (his father was the editor of the Alliance Times Herald) where he witnessed first hand the racist treatment of the Native American peoples. Bunnell taught on the Pine Ridge Reservation, making friends with Vernell White Thunder, to whom he dedicates the book, before leaving and making a name for himself in the technology publishing world. Highly recommended!


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