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Male domination in the Blackfoot tribes and the restrictions this imposes on the womenfolk is the backcloth against which Jan Hudson explores Sweetgrass's reaching of womanhood and route to marriage. A hard, precarious way of life is also revealed in convincing, unglamorised detail. This Canadian award winner was first published 10 years ago and the feminist message might feel a shade too strident for the 1990s. However, it'll make a welcome title for thoughtful female readers.