Native American Authors
Ella Cara Deloria, 1889-1971
Ella Deloria was born in 1899, on the Yankton Sioux Reservation in South Dakota. She attended Oberlin College before obtaining her B.S. from Columbia University in 1915. She was an anthropologist, linguist, novelist, and a leading authority on Sioux culture and language. She wrote fictional works, and also served as a translator.
Awards and Honors
Indian Achievement Medal, 1943.
Online resources by or about Ella Cara Deloria:
Ella Cara Deloria
Author: Carol Miller
Description: This page is part of a series from Voices from the Gaps: Women Writers of Color produced by the Department of English and Programs in American Studies at the University of Minnesota. Included is an indepth biography, selected bibliography and related links.
Ella Cara Deloria
Author: Kathleen Del Monte, Karen Bachman, Catherine Klein, Bridget McCourt
Description: Information about Deloria from “Celebrating Women Anthropologists”, a site created by 4 USF anthropology graduates students.
Kids’ Castle: Ella Cara Deloria
Author: Linda Crotta Brennan
Description: The text of this article is excerpted from a March 1997 “Cricket Magazine” article about Deloria.
Speaking of Ella Deloria: Conversations with Joyzelle Gingway Godfrey, 1998-2000, Lower Brule Community College, South Dakota
Author: Susan Gardner
Description: An interview from American Indian Quarterly [ 24.3 (2000) 456-475.]
Books by Ella Cara Deloria:
Deloria, Ella Cara. Buffalo People
Albuquerque : University of New Mexixo Press, 1994.
Language: English and Lakota
ISBN: 08263150620826315070 (pbk.)
Deloria, Ella Cara. Dakota grammar
Sioux Falls, S.D. : Dakota Press, 1979.
Language: Dakota and English
Deloria, Ella Cara. Dakota Texts
New York : G.E. Stechert & co., agents, 1932.
Deloria, Ella Cara. The Dakota Way of Life
Sioux Falls, SD : Mariah Press, 2007.
Audience: All Ages
Deloria, Ella Cara. Deer women and elk men : the Lakota narratives of Ella Deloria
Albuquerque : University of New Mexico Press, 1992.
Deloria, Ella Cara. Iron hawk
Albuquerque : University of New Mexico Press, 1993.
Genre: Folklore / Nonfiction
Language: Lakota and English
ISBN: 082631435X (hc.) / 0826314473 (pbk.)
Deloria, Ella Cara. Reminiscences of Ella Deloria, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe of South Dakota
Genre: Oral History
Deloria, Ella Cara. Speaking of Indians
Vermillion : Dakota Press, 1979.
Deloria, Ella Cara. Waterlily
Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, 1988.
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