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It’s the last episode of Season 3 of the Gal’s Guide Podcast! Leah talks about the Indigenous gal who was known for way more than just one thing! Zitkála-Šá was an activist, writer, and was the first Native American to write an opera. Learn about this fascinating woman who used her skills and talents to better her people.

Show Notes & Extras

  • Gal pals this month are – Leah Leach, Bonnie Fillenwarth, Katie Harris and Edan.
  • Bonnie already talked about Elizabeth Petratrovich, Edan already talked about Sacheen Littlefeather, Katie already talked about Mary Golda Ross
  • Get to know you question – What is something that non-Indigenous People can earn from Indigenous People?
  • Crying Indian (video below)
  • Two wolves story (image below)
  • Leah’s 1 Cool Indigenous Gal is Zitkála-Šá
  • Known for being the first Native American to write an oprea
  • South Dakota
  • Her name means “Red Bird”
  • Born in 1876
  • Quakers took her to a boarding school
  • Wabash, Indiana White’s Manual Labor Institute
  • Gertrude Simmons was her “English” name
  • Conflicted at school
  • Music training
  • Earlham College, Richmond, Indiana
  • New England Conservetory of Music
  • Paris Expo of 1900
  • Played at the White House
  • Taught at Carlisle Indian School
  • Writing 1901 in Harper’s Monthly about conditions
  • “Old Indian Legends”
  • Standing Rock
  • Marriage
  • Utah reservation
  • 1913 co-wrote “Sun Dance” and opera
  • Citizenship goal
  • Husband fired
  • Moved to D.C.
  • Susan B. Anthony
  • 1924 Citizen Act
  • National Council for Native Americans
  • Died before full voting rights
  • Buried at Arlington National Cemetery
  • 1964 voting rights for Native Americans
  • Navaho Code Talkers who were denyed the vote after serving (National Archives)
  • Washington Post Article: “Native Americans Were Denined the Right To Vote for Decades”
  • Zitkála-Šá fight didn’t end in her lifetime
  • Amendments
  • Arlington
  • End of Season 3
  • January 3 we return with Revoluntionary Gals!



About The Gal’s Guide Podcast

What if you could only share 1 cool thing about a topic? Would it be about ancient history? Would it be breaking news? Would it be safe for work? A group of gals gathers to present to you one cool thing on topics like painting, gaming, movies, music and more.

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