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From the Deep Woods to Civilization (Native American) [Paperback]

Charles Alexander (Ohiyesa) Eastman
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August 22, 2003 048643088X 978-0486430881
In the first of his memoirs, the popular Dover book Indian Boyhood, Charles Alexander Eastman recounted his tribal upbringing among the Santee Sioux. From the Deep Woods to Civilization resumes his story, starting with his departure from the reservation at age 15 to receive his education among whites. Eastman became a physician with the intention of supporting the Native American community, and while working as a doctor for the Indian Health Service he cared for the victims of the U.S. Army's 1890 attack on Wounded Knee. Later that decade, Eastman moved to Washington, D.C., where he lobbied on behalf of the Santee Sioux and held a succession of government positions. This book, along with his other writings, offers a powerful testimonial by an American Indian on behalf of his native culture.

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"This stimulating book is one of the few that really deserve the over-worked term, a human document." --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Raymond Wilson, a professor of history at Fort Hays State University and author of Ohiyesa: Charles Eastman, Santee Sioux (1983), discusses Eastman's life and work in his introduction to this Bison Books edition.

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

Product Details

  • Series: Native American
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications (August 22, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 048643088X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486430881
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #253,224 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Autobiography of Ohiyesa February 3, 2002
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
If you have read the writings of Ohiyesa (Charles Alexander Eastman); I HIGHLY recommend this book to you.
It helped me understand the forces that shaped this man.
My favorite areas are
The assorted photos of his father "Many Lightnings", his wife, his son Ohiyesa at the age of 5.
Events that occured while he was attending school in the East, and the bigotry he encountered from "SOME" white people.
Events where he served as a medical doctor on the Pine Ridge reservation, and caring for the survivors of the Wounded Knee masacre in 1890.
Events where he traveled among various indian nations to get items used by indians for museums.
Events where he worked with the Boy Scouts and Campfire Girls.
And much more.
If this book is your introduction to the writings of Ohiyesa; I would recommend that your next purchase would be "The Soul Of The Indian".
Wah doh Ogedoda (We give thanks Great Spirit)
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4.0 out of 5 stars From the deep woods to civilization June 3, 2000
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There are certainly not enough autobiographies of Native Americans, and few that can compare with Eastman's story and journey to find civilization. As Eastman follows Christianity and the White Man's Civilization, he finds himself realizing the paradox of the two worlds. Upon returning to a more civilized world, he gives a captivating look at how Jesus was an Indian and how different the White world and Native American world was during his life. A perfect self-enlightenment book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
In an Irishman's attempt at understanding the Native American lifestyle, and being introduced to the writings of Ohiyesa through "The Wisdom of the Native Americans", (By Kent Nerburn) I bought From the Deep Woods to Civilisation.

Like most children growing up in the western world, my introduction to the "Indians" came through playing Cowboys and Indians with little cap guns, but also with little plastic figurines that my elder brother, who always had the Cowboys, suggested we should make war with each other. About a third of my "Indians" coincidentally were actually women with cooking pots and children, and it was there, strangely enough, that i became somewhat inspired by the Native American culture. (To those keeping count - out of instinct I created a cave in the sand and put the women and children in there to protect them from my brother's assaults. That was about twenty-four years ago, but it is a fond memory)

Something must have stuck with me, as when I read of the peaceful nature of the Native American tribes in general (I grew to understand that some of the tribes scalped their enemies) it spoke to me. Eastman's book is no different. Explaining to us how he came home to find that his father had come to a decision that he wanted his young son to go to school and "get a white man's education", I think a great many of us would feel some amount of sympathy for young Eastman. The majority of us can all recount back to the days when we were carefree, running in long grass, forests, on the beach and so on and wishing that this would never end. Instead, Eastman, with a heavy heart, decided that he would obey his father's wishes.

One thing the reader will find most admirable about Eastman is his unchanging heart.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ohiyesa's Dissapointment December 31, 2012
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This excellent book chronicles the unique experience of a Native American, Ohiyesa known as Charles A. Eastman, who experienced his original Sioux culture in Southern Canada for the first fifteen years of his life, after which he was taken by his father to the USA. Then began his second education, this time into western culture and learning, culminating in Eastman's qualifying as a medical doctor at Boston University. At first Eastman, as a young man, was completely open to the western American way of life and to Christianity. However, in time he was so profoundly disappointed with American values, corruption and greed that he returned, step by step, to his Indian values. Eastman's story is one of deep tragedy, not just for himself but for his people - native Americans, whom he consistently remembered and constantly championed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing November 15, 2012
This is a great book. I recommend that all people take the time to read. The historic perspective of this book is enormous.
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