Mountain Wolf Woman: The Quality of Tremendous Self-Sufficiency


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Mountain Wolf Woman: The Quality of Tremendous Self-Sufficiency
Mountain Wolf woman possesses the quality of tremendous self-sufficiency, yet at the same time, she demonstrates a selflessness that is reflective of both her own personality and the sense of community traditionally valued by the Winnebago people. While there are many episodes throughout the book that demonstrate these character qualities of Mountain Wolf Woman, two, in particular are excellent examples: when she attempts to tear down and rebuild her own house; and Mountain Wolf Woman’s caring for the older woman whom she found living in a wigwam made from tarpaper.
In April of 1936, Mountain Wolf Woman’s second husband died from the same disease that had recently killed her...
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.....riorated prior to Mountain Wolf Woman finding her—in spite of the fact that Hinuga lived across the road from her own brother’s home. Less likely, is that it would even occur to a fifty-year-old non-Indian woman to dissemble and rebuild her own house—alone.
Mountain Wolf Woman possesses a self-reliant quality that extends far beyond what we would expect to see in a non-Indian woman of her age. More impressively, she seems to possess a generosity of spirit that eclipses what most individuals of any age—Indian or otherwise—can hope to attain. Yet, it certainly gives us something to aspire to.
Lurie, N (ed.). (1961). Mountain Wolf Woman sister of Crashing Thunder: the autobiography of a Winnebago Indian. University of Michigan Press.