Zitkála-Šá – Native American


This Zitkála-Šá mug is part of our collection of Native American biographical mugs.  An image of Zitkála-Šá and a short biography are features of this history mug.

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Zitkála-Šá, also known as Gertrude Simmons Bonnin, wrote several works chronicling her struggles with her cultural identity having been raised in the Dakota Sioux culture but educated in the majority culture.  Her books were among the first to bring traditional Native American stories to white English-speaking readers and she is credited as being the most influential Native American Activist of the 20th century.  Zitkála-Šá wrote the libretto with American musician William Hanson, and songs for The Sun Dance Opera (1913) that were based on Sioux and Ute cultural themes.  She lobbied for Native people’s right to United States citizenship which was granted by Congress in 1924, but because it was governed by state law, some states banned Native Americans from voting until 1957.

National Council of American Indians

 Zitkála-Šá was a Yankton Dakota writer, musician, and political activist who co-founded the “National Council of American Indians” in 1926, which was created to advocate for Native people’s right to United States citizenship and other civil rights they had been deprived of for generations.

The biographical History Mugs were created to teach and inspire individuals to learn about our diverse and interesting history.  The biographies were researched and written by history enthusiast, Robert Compton.  He colorized most of the historic photos and images used on the mugs, which were originally black and white or sepia tone.  The images and biographies are imprinted on mugs at his studio in rural Vermont.

  • Mugs are food and microwave safe.
  • To preserve photographic quality we recommend hand washing.
  • Mugs are usually shipped within 3-5 days.


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