Google replaced its homepage logo with a Doodle celebrating the 145th birthday of Native American musician, songwriter and suffragist Zitkala-Sa
Zitkala-Sa – whose name means ‘red bird’ in Lakota / Lakȟótiyapi – was born on February 22, 1876 on the Yankton Indian Reservation, South Dakota At age eight, she was recruited by Quaker missionaries to attend a local school that catered for children regardless of their heritage or skin
While the school, the White’s Indiana Manual Labor Institute, was a great opportunity to receive an education in English, it also alienated Zitkala-Sa from his tribe spiritually and culturally. Students were forced to speak only English, cut their hair and follow Quaker religious practices It is also here that Zitkala-Sa discovered one of his greatest joys while learning to play the violin as well as the piano.
At a time when American society sought to assimilate Indigenous culture and keep women oppressed, Zitkala-Sa fought for her right to be a Yankton Dakota woman This was exemplified in her key work in hand to gain US citizenship status for American Indians through the passage of the Indian Citizenship Act of 1924
Zitkala-Sa also used her many artistic talents to show the world the beauty of Indigenous culture In 1901, she published Old Indian Legends, a collection of oral histories of the Dakota tribe Later, in 1913, she published writes the songs and libretto for The Sun Dance, the first Native American opera, with a strong foundation in Sioux traditions and music
On the Google Doodle blog, guest artist responsible for Zitkala-Sa Doodle, Chris Pappan, shared some of the deeper symbolism and meaning that can be found in each part of the artwork.
All elements of the work are related in one way or another to the life of Zitkala-Ša Her name Lakota translates to “Red Bird”, she wrote an opera relating to the dance of the sun , and she was an accomplished musician – all reflected in the Doodle She also witnessed great upheavals and changes throughout her life, as symbolized by the teepees The lettering of “Google” is based on a beaded pattern of one of her traditional dresses
The Google home page is one of the most viewed web pages in the world, and often the company uses this page to draw attention to historical events, celebrations or current events such as that “coronavirus aids” and more with the help of Doodles Colorful designs are regularly changed
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