Brave Hearts: Indian Women of the Plains tells the story of Plains Indian women through a series of fascinating vignettes. They are a remarkable group of women – some famous, some obscure. Some were hunters, some were warriors and, in a rare case, one was a chief; some lived extraordinary lives, while others lived more quietly in their lodges. Some were born into traditional families and knew their place in society while others were bi-racial who struggled to find their place in a world conflicted between Indian and white. Some never knew anything but the old, nomadic way of life, while others lived on to suffer through the reservation years. Others were born on the reservation but did their best in difficult times to keep to the old ways. Some never left the reservation while others ventured out into the larger world. All, in their own way, were Plains Indian women.
Buffalo Calf Road Woman: The Story of a Warrior of the Little Bighorn, based on a true story, which won the 2006 Western Heritage Award for Outstanding Novel. He also won the Nebraska State Historical Society’s Sellers Memorial Award for an Outstanding Original Contribution published in Nebraska History, “Young Man Afraid of His Horses: The Reservation Years,” and three film awards for his documentary work. His most recent book was Lakota Portraits: Lives of the Legendary Plains People. Professor Emeritus of American History, he specializes in the Plains Indians and the American West. Agonito has lectured widely on these and other topics.