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[Following is an official review of "Wakinyan Zi Tiospaye" by Helene E. Hagan.]

4 out of 4 stars

Wakinyan Zi Tiospaye by Helene E. Hagan is an exciting book on the nature of the Lakota people. Wakinyan Zi Tiospaye means Yellow Thunder Camp. This camp is under the leadership of Russell Means, William Means and Shari Means. The camp aims to bring the Lakota people back to their original practices and beliefs and provide a place where they are free from alcohol, violence, weapons, and other things which are against their rules.

This book follows the Yellow Thunder Camp’s claim to 800 acres of land of National Forest and the “sacredness” of the Black Hills. While the Lakota people insist that the Black Hills hold spiritual importance to them, a testimony by James A. Hanson infers otherwise. Hanson claims that studies have shown that the Lakota people do not require a special place of worship or require unique circumstances for their worship. The author is inspired to write this book after several investigations into the history and nature of the Lakota people and several visits to the Yellow Thunder Camp.

This book contains a good number of positive aspects. The author tries to carry the reader along by explaining the concepts used in the book. The book comprises footnotes for concepts that the author felt required more explanation. The book is divided into four parts, each part discussing an individual concept. An appendix is provided at the end of the book. This appendix is comprehensive as it contains documents from the trial and the submissions of judges and lawyers. Most parts of the text included images that would help a reader picture the camp being talked about.

The author makes submissions from an objective point of view, removing all forms of bias and what was termed ‘Westerner’s scientific paradigm’ in the book. She talks about a new method of study that will cover the experiences and feelings of the people. The book is educative not just because it provides extensive information on the Lakota people, it also offers sections and provisions of different Acts such as the Bill Bradley Act of 1986 and sections of the U.N resolution. I did not find a lot of errors in this book. Hence, it was professionally edited.

Wakinyan Zi Tiospaye is a very insightful and educative read. I could not find any negative aspects in this book. It was carefully written in a well-explained manner. It is an eye-opening book. I rate this book four out of four stars. I did not rate it lower because there is nothing to dislike about the book. I recommend this book to all anthropologists. History lovers and lawyers would also appreciate this book.



The author entered the United States at age twenty as a student, schooled in French Literature, Classics and Philosophy. After twenty years of marriage, raising three children and running a French Import business in Palo Alto, she embarked in her American career as a cultural and psychological anthropologist. She has documented some forty years of fieldwork through a variety of substantial essays, crafting a rare collection of fascinating papers about American Indians and Amazigh (Berber and Tuareg) people , a unique book by an immigrant to the United States. From fond memories of Mustapha and her childhood in Morocco, to extensive scholarly research on Egyptian civilization and late writings about the unexplored topic of intermarriages between American Indians and French explorers of North America, the book captivates the reader's attention, always informs, and in some instances, as in The People of Niram, delights in unsuspected irony and wit

RUSSELL MEANS: The European Ancestry of a Militant Indian

Genealogy of Russell C. Means and Memoir of fieldwork among the Oglala Lakota people of Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, South Dakota in the 1980s.   The book contains a substantial chapter on the neglected story of French Indian unions in Early America, and the subsequent creation of half-breed communities.   The last chapter presents "The Russell Means Show" , a Public Access Television series created by Helene Hagan in Los Angeles (2000-2003).

The photograph displayed on the front cover of the book is that of "Coureur des Bois"  Pierre Le Roger,  taken in 1889 by unknown photographer, which appeared for the first time in Album Universel, Vol. 19 No. 31, page 721, published on November 29, 1902.


Even though the ancestry of Russell C. Means reveals extensive European origins on both maternal and paternal sides,  he was a formally enrolled member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, registered as a 15/32nd Indian.


Traditional  Patterns and Symbols

  This is a unique book about the jewelry , history and legends of Tuareg people of Niger and Mali.

Ecology, Ritual and Social Order in the Tessaoute Valley of the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco.
 A rare book in the English language.


This book is not an autobiography nor a recollection of personal events .
It is a series of anthropological essays written in the course of fieldwork spanning over 50 years of the author's life.


THE SHINING ONES: Etymological Essay ... As of November 2020, the book is in French translation. We will announce its publication in 2022.

Etymological Essay on the Amazigh Roots of Ancient Egyptian Civilisation

ISBN-0-7388-2567-0     Soft Cover