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Genre: Historical Fiction
Word Count: 100
THE SPIRIT SURVIVES
Morning sunlight bathed Gertrude’s violin as she played a mournful melody. Although twelve years had passed, she would never forget the moment at the Quaker school her heavy braids tumbled to the floor, clipped by the teacher’s cruel scissors.
Education meant nothing if she didn’t use it for good. Her people’s spirits called to her, yearning to be free.
She plucked the pins from her hair. It fell around her shoulders like a black cape.
“I will be their voice. I am no longer Gertie.” She raised her fist. “I am Zitkala-Za of the Yankton Sioux, granddaughter of Sitting Bull.”
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