Dovetails in Tall Grass

Dovetails in Tall Grass

A Novel
By Samantha Specks
Published by SparkPress
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Inspired by the true story of the thirty-eight Dakota-Sioux men hanged in Minnesota in 1862―the largest mass execution in US history―Dovetails in Tall Grass is a powerful tale of two young women connected by the fate of one man.

As war overtakes the frontier, Emma's family farmstead is attacked by Dakota-Sioux warriors; on that same prairie, Oenikika desperately tries to hold on to her calling as a healer and follow the orders of her father, Chief Little Crow. When the war is over and revenge-fueled war trials begin, each young woman is faced with an impossible choice. In a swiftly changing world, both Emma and Oenikika must look deep within and fight for the truth of their convictions―even as horror and injustice unfolds all around them.

The award-winning writer, Diane Wilson (Dakota), provided cultural feedback during the writing of Dovetails in Tall Grass. 

A "Dovetails" donation has been made to Dakota Wicohan. This "Way of Life" resource center supports Dakota arts, culture, and leadership, as well as revitalizing the Dakota language so that will continue to live on for future generations.
paperback | 9781684630936 | August 24, 2021