Lucy Thompson

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Lucy Thompson

Lucy Thompson (1856–1932) is an author known for her 1916 To the American Indian: Reminiscences of a Yurok Woman. She wrote the book to preserve her people's stories. The book received the American Book Award decades later.[1] Outside the book she is known to have come from "Yurok aristocracy" and be married to a white man named Milton "Jim" Thompson. Hence she had some intention to make sympathetic whites understand her people better[2] although she also criticized "whites" for practices like over-fishing.[3]


  1. ^ Native American Authors Project
  2. ^ New perspectives on native North America: cultures, histories, and ... by Sergei Kan, Pauline Turner Strong, Raymond Fogelson, pgs 215-217
  3. ^ When worlds converge: what science and religion tell us about the story of ... pg 244

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