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Charles A. Eastman
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October 5, 2011 Native American
Raised as a young Sioux in the 1860s and 1870s, Eastman knew some of the Indian leaders he portrays here in vivid, biographical sketches. Included are Red Cloud, Rain-in-the-Face, Crazy Horse, Sitting Bull, Little Crow, Chief Joseph and 9 more. These inspiring pieces are enhanced with 12 portraits.

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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

About the Author

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.

Product Details

  • Series: Native American
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications; New edition edition (October 5, 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: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #861,047 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Perspective 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
4.0 out of 5 stars Indian Heroes and Great Chieftains March 26, 2011
By Wing
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars An Enjoyable Book 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good but brief Bio info 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Indian Heros and Great Chieftans September 20, 2013
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Good insight to many lesser known chiefs February 23, 2014
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I found the brief histories of the lesser known chiefs very interesting and would recommend this as a good starting point for studies of the Indian leaders in the nineteenth century
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Source June 6, 2013
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Loved it. Great source of info about many Chieftains. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys American history. Lots of interesting info about great Chieftains that I never read anywhere else.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Book April 11, 2013
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With my indian background I liked this book and purchased a copy for my sister. Liked the book a lot.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good read
Published 1 month ago by Ronald A
4.0 out of 5 stars Gave me lots of insight into a topic I enjoy.
Very interesting. Gave me lots of insight into a topic I enjoy.
Published 5 months ago by Anna Rehl
3.0 out of 5 stars Short bio's not much info!
A quick look at Native American's Chiefs. Charles Eastman takes a basic look at several great Chieftains'. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Craig Sugarman
5.0 out of 5 stars fun reading
This is exactly what I was hoping for. The buying experience was wonderful, will buy again from this seller - thanks.
Published on January 19, 2013 by M. Clouthier
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
I enjoy a look into the lives of our Native American brothers....... I came away questioning how the author found such details in the lives of these interesting Americans.
Published on January 4, 2013 by Don Gratz
5.0 out of 5 stars well done
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... Read more
Published on November 28, 2012 by Les Stockton
4.0 out of 5 stars Indian Heroes and Great Chieftains
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. Read more
Published on November 25, 2012 by Rev. R. George Snyder
3.0 out of 5 stars Indian Heroes and Great Chieftains
This book was very choppy. The Indian Heroes and Great Chieftains were not very well developed. Do not recommend this for anyone who enjoys biographical books.
Published on October 6, 2012 by T-Man
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