Why was Zitkala-Sa terrified when Judewin told her that her hair would be cut short?

Question: Why was Zitkala-Sa terrified when Judewin told her that her hair would be cut short? [CBSE (AI) 2010]

Answer: Judewin had overheard a talk about the shingling of hair of all girls. Zitkala-Sa belonged to a native American warrior tribe. Their tradition was to keep long and heavy hair. Only those warriors captured by the enemy had their hair shingled. Short hair was worn by mourners and shingled hair by cowards. Therefore for her, this was absolutely atrocious and terrifying. Therefore she decided to rebel by hiding herself.


Why was Zitkala-Sa terrified when Judewin told her that her hair would be cut short?


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