Land of the Burnt Thigh Book Discussion
In Land of the Burnt Thigh, girl homesteaders, Edith Eudora Ammons and her sister Ida Mary, moved to central South Dakota in 1907 near the Lower Brule Indian Reservation. These two young women found a community of homesteaders who were eager to help them succeed at what looked to be impossible: living in a tiny tarpaper shack on 160 waterless, sunbaked, and snowblasted acres for eight months until they could prove up their claim. Within weeks Edith was running a newspaper, Ida Mary was teaching school, and the two were helping others. This story of South Dakota is told with simplicity, directness, and an understanding of quiet heroic elements.
Dr. Joanna Jones’ forty-year teaching career took her across Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona before she returned to the Black Hills of South Dakota. At Arizona State University, Jones completed her doctorate in reading education. She has presented on a variety of literacy topics at state, regional, and national conferences. Internationally, Jones shared research with educators in Portugal, Scotland, New Zealand, and China.
The workshop is co-sponsored by the Deadwood Historic Preservation Commission, Deadwood History, Adams-Mastrovich Family Foundation, and Joanna Jones.