Mari Sandoz

1988 Cowgirl Honoree – Nebraska


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(1896-1966)

Mari published her first story when she was twelve. Growing up on the sand hills of western Nebraska, she wrote of life around her. Mari first gained fame for Old Jules, the story of her father and other settlers. She also produced six related books on the relationship between Native Americans and Anglos. Mari won numerous awards for her writing, which presented the drama of life on the Great Plains more accurately and vividly than any writer before her.