Craig White's Literature Courses

Terms / Themes

The Sioux

Black Elk an Oglala Sioux 

Sioux among most important Indian peoples in American imagination, history, and literature

Sioux = collection of related language-culture groups--Oglala, Teton, etc.

Lewis & Clark expedition (1802-5) records much early knowledge of Sioux peoples





Great Sioux leaders include Sitting Bull, Red Cloud, and Crazy Horse.

Their outstanding literary figures include 

Black Elk


Zitkala-Sa (Gertrude Bonnin)


Dr. Charles Eastman


Vine Deloria Jr.


Paula Gunn Allen.