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  • Series: Sacred Worlds
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: World Wisdom; Revised and Updated Edition edition (January 24, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933316330
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933316338
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,269,680 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A powerful and eye-opening look at the Native American life... This is a fascinating book; it will not only teach readers about the lost civilization of Native Americans, it will also instill in them respect and awe for the entire Indian race. -- ForeWord Magazine

The first native American author (eleven books published from 1902 until 1918) to live simultaneously in both the traditional world of the Santee Sioux (where his name was Ohiyesa) and the modern civilization of the white man, Charles Eastman was an intelligent, thoughtful man who sought to explain the philosophy and moral code of the Plains Indian to the dominant white culture. Eastman attended the injured at the infamous Battle of Wounded Knee, and knew first hand the plight of Native Americans seeking a spiritual way for themselves while having to live in a once nomadic society that was becoming increasingly dominated by materialism and industrial technology. He received his medical degree from Boston College and became the government physician on the Pine ridge Sioux reservation in South Dakota. He was presented a special medal honoring the most distinguished achievements by an American Indian. "The Essential Charles Eastman" is enhanced with an informative Foreword by Raymond Wilson, an excellent introduction by Janine Pease, ten sepia photographs illustrating Eastman's life, biographical notes, a bibliography of his works, and a useful index. "The Essential Charles Eastman" is an important and seminal addition to academic and community library Native American Studies reference collections and especially recommended reading for students of Native American metaphysics, philosophy, and spirituality. -- Midwest Book Review, WISCONSIN BOOKWATCH, July 2007

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By K. M. Russo on July 29, 2007
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The author has changed my ideas of who the American Indians are. I was swept away by the descriptions and mesmerized by the spiritual life of a people who were closer to God than I ever imagined. This book should be read at schools and universities. Their history is vital to understand who all of us are.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on June 8, 2007
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Michael Oren Fitzgerald edits THE ESSENTIAL CHARLES EASTMAN, which revises and updates a classic edition containing the writings of the first American Indian medical doctor and co-founder of the Boy Scouts of America. He was the only American Indian author raised to young adulthood in the nomadic lifestyle of the pre-reservation area: this survey includes a biography, complete bibliography of his works, new sepia photos from his life, and more: an essential addition to any Native American or spirituality holding.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Annie Pope on June 16, 2011
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This amazing, marvelous, brilliant little boy was orphaned -- for a while -- when his father disappeared at wounded knee. His tribe fled to Canada and he was raised by grandparents in a tee pee. What he didn't know was that his father had not been killed, but was, in fact, captured and imprisoned by the American Army. When Ohiyesa was 12, the prison released his dad, and the two were reunited when his father finally found him. The two returned to the United States, the young boy was enrolled in American private schools. He assumed the name Charles Eastman. He was accepted by Dartmouth College, and eventually became an M.D. But it was difficult for a Native American physician to practice medicine, so writing was one way for Eastman to support himself. He wrote many essays and short books describing the values, beliefs, and lifestyle of the Sioux Native Americans. These accounts torpedo the stereotypes and present the purist possible view of Native man and woman; They are earliest, and most accurate descriptions written by a Native American in the English language, that I have been able to find so far. Eastman's works are simple, elegant, streamlined, graceful, lyrical, and profound. His writing can be, therefore, nothing less than intriguing. I believe it speaks to the soul of humanity. This author should be a big name in American literature. Why isn't he?
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