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What did the mothers of Zitkala–Sa’s tribe teach their children about their hair? Or

Why did Zitkala Sa not want her hair to be cut short?

Answer

The people of Zitkala Sa's tribe had an age-long tradition to maintain their long, shining and beautiful hair. Their mothers taught them that only the warriors or the other people who had died, their ladies must get their hair shingled out. Short hair was worn by the mourners and the shingled hair by the cowards. So Zitkala Sa did not want her hair to be cut short.