Narrated By: Anna Fields
Duration: 6 hours and 34 minutes
What to expect
In 1903, over three hundred Indian children from across America lived at the Fort Shaw Indian Boarding School in a remote, isolated valley in Montana. Among the children were a handful of teenage girls, many who had only lived in tepees. They quickly learned to play basketball and resoundingly crushed all opponents, including men’s and women’s university teams. After the games, the girls recited Shelley and Longfellow, played mandolins and violins, sang, danced, and pantomimed.
Less than one year after first seeing a basketball, they were crowned the first world champions of basketball at the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair. Millions saw them and gained a deeper understanding and love for Indians. This is the story of that team, seen through the eyes of star player Minnie Burton.
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“More inspiring than Seabiscuit and Hoosiers! Slamdunk writing! This book is a winner!”
“Evocative and moving…reminds the reader of the power of honor, perseverance, and personal vision. An uplifting and inspiring read.”
“A fascinating book. Filled with history and insight into the human spirit. A truly inspirational story. I recommend this book to all my players.”
“Brings to life one of America’s greatest, and most overlooked, sports stories—1904 Fort Shaw Indian School women’s basketball team—and gives us a heroine for the ages, Minnie Burton.”
“Anna Fields brings this fictional biography to life with respect and joy. Fields skillfully portrays the various Native American children from a wide variety of tribes…One needn’t be a basketball fan to enjoy this reading.”