Burbank: Self-Published, 1970. Second Edition. 8vo, wraps, 162 pp. Inscribed on the title page: To / A wonderful life / and / A world of Friends / Tsianina.” Some toning to wraps, near fine condition overall. Near Fine. Item #List1011
A very nice copy of the second edition of the autobiography of Tsianina Redfeather Blackstone, which focuses on her life from her childhood in Oklahoma through her music career in its various stages, including her performances during World War One as a part of the YMCA-sponsored troupe of American Indian performers. Her music career began in 1908 in collaboration with the pianist Charles Wakefield Cadman. After a period performing Cadman’s works as “Princess Tsianina Redfeather,” she collaborated with him on the opera Shanewis, and performed it on tour beginning in 1924. By 1935 she had retired from singing. Despite being first published in 1968, she gives little attention in the book to her work as an activist and educator and co-founder of the American Indian Education Foundation.