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This collection provides biographical sketches of 15 great Indian leaders, most Sioux; tracing their historical importance to both white and Native peoples. While students may turn to this for supplemental reading, many an adult will find this a fine refresher course on key Native leaders. -- Midwest Book Review

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Charles Alexander Eastman was a Native American author. His works are unique owing to the fact that his childhood was spent in his tribe. His education enabled him to provide first-hand accounts of the ways of the Indians. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Series: Native American
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications; New edition edition (November 2, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486296083
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486296081
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.4 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #313,761 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Ann B. Keller on August 4, 2009
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Who better to chronicle the great deeds, sorrows, bravery and honor of some of America's greatest chiefs than a Santee Sioux? Physician Charles A. Eastman seeks to correct many misunderstandings about Native Americans and portrays leaders in the Sioux, Cheyenne and Nez Perce nations in a realistic light.

Here are the stories of some of the famous chiefs, Sitting Bull, Crazy Horse and Red Cloud, as well as tales of those whose names may not be as familiar to us, such as Two Strike, Dull Knife, Hole-in-the-Day, Tamahay or Gall. Highlighted by beautiful black and white portraits, this book is a real eye opener. Anyone who loves the history of the American West will enjoy reading this interesting perspective, told with honor by a true American.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Wing on March 26, 2011
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A good read. The author actually talked with some of the people he wrote about. He impressed me enough to want to learn more about him and why he wrote this book. When I learned more, I wondered why the author, Charles Alexander Eastman, was unknown to me. This man was a Native American Sioux writing about Native Americans. I feel that this book should have been sugested reading when I was in school. If you want to learn more about Native Americans or have your children learn more, this book is a must read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sidney Watson on July 20, 2012
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An interesting book about a number of great American Indian leaders written by someone who actually met and interviewed most of these men, if not all of them. A good read for anyone who enjoys American history and/or biographies.
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By Les Stockton on November 28, 2012
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This was a great book. Having grown up in Oklahoma, where most of my friends are Native American, or at least have partial Native heritage (myself included), I have heard and read many stories of how the tribes were treated, as well as how they lived. I didn't get too many of the heroes though. We've seen movies that villainize some of the chiefs, I didn't get the full picture from those stories and didn't see that the natives weren't just sitting around thinking about ways to attack white settlements. They just wanted to live, and they didn't want to be invaded; and they were frequently lied to.
I enjoyed reading each story. In some cases, a deal would be made with one white representative, and it was a genuine deal in good faith, but later, some other politician (or general) would just decide to change the deal for their own benefit. It was good to read that the villains weren't always villains and the good guys weren't always the good guys.
Mostly it was good to read the stories of people that would have otherwise been forgotten.
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By 5/0 on September 15, 2014
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“Indian Heroes and Great Chieftains” by Charles A. Eastman

This is a very good collection of brief but very interesting “bios” of some of the more notable Native American leaders and heroes from the 19th century. Its’ brevity necessarily omits most of the Indian and Indian/White politics swirling around each figure but Eastman still does a good (albeit somewhat “vanilla”) job with his characterizations.

Eastman, of Sioux lineage, was probably the premier scholar of the early voices of what might be termed “the Modern Indian”. He enjoyed the respect and admiration (and gratitude) of many, many Native Americans and Whites alike. He did an incredible amount of beneficial work with Native American youth – starting many Scout troops and YMCA chapters – always pushing education for Indian children and adults both. His work, directly and indirectly, helped rescue Native American culture from oblivion – a priceless gift to all Americans.
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An interesting point of view of our Government's treatment of the Nez Perse (and other tribes/bands).
It is unfortunate we mistreated the Indians as badly as we did. Having visited several "reservations", our Government continues today
mistreating Native Americans and expects them to appreciate what we have given them while stealing their "lands" and them to the white-man!
Is it any wonder the Indians attacked the white-man from time to time until forced to "surrender" and further mistreated by placing them in
nearly inhabitable "reservations"?
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Having read one of Charles Eastman's biographies I was so impressed I started reading books he wrote about his life and the changes taking over Indian lives once whites started their "progress" across Indian lands.

He is an excellent writer and was THERE when so many changes were forced upon his people (Eastman is a brilliant, college educated Native American).

And he knew some of the great Indian chiefs.

I was very pleased with this book and of course, saddened by what was forced upon them.
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I rateded this book this well, because I liked it and found it interesting reading. I hope what I read was factual about chiefs and indian heroes for a change. I would recommend that many people read this and really find out about Indian history and not just the white mans potrayal.
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