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Mary Whitebird is about to turn eleven and take part in the Sioux coming of age tradition of Ta-Na-E-Ka. Literally translated as, “flowering of adulthood,” Ta-Na-E-Ka is a test of survival where participants are sent into the wilderness to survive for five days. Mary survives the ritual but at a diner eating hamburger and milkshakes and returns clean and radiantly healthy. (Holt Elements of Literature, 2008)

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