- Paperback: 653 pages
- Publisher: John Pasquale Boncore (2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0968936504
- ISBN-13: 978-0968936504
- Package Dimensions: 10.7 x 7.9 x 1.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,016,924 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Autobiography of Dacajeweiah, Splitting the Sky, John Boncore Hill From A... Paperback – 2001
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Autobiography of an Indian Activist in Canada/United States, inmate of Attica with a afterword by Ramsey Clark on back cover. Book covers the Attica Prison riot and protest movement in Gustafsen Lake, British Columbia.
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What I found hard about the book was the long story of the Gustafsen Lake. Certainly Dac does introduce the people but if we put the book down for a few days, it is not necessarily easy for most readers to remember them. It would be good if Dac could post the "cast of characters" for us and maybe even a timeline of events.
The book is filled with documents that support Dac's retelling of the events. This is both a good and a bad thing. The supporting documents lend credibility to his story, but they also muddy the narrative, breaking it up and making it harder to follow.
As another reviewer wrote, the story of the uprising is the story of "the struggle for Indigenous dignity and rights by a group of Sundancers at Ts'peten, aka Gustafsen Lake, in British Columbia (BC) and the so-called justice meted out afterwards." For a more detailed account of Dac's descriptions of that uprising, see the review: Kim Peterson, The Struggle for Original People's Title, April 7, 2008, at [...])
Equally as important in the book is the story, albeit told in less detail, of the Attica Uprisings. Dacajaweiah was the only person who received a conviction after that event, despite the fact that it was really a mass execution of prisoners by police. Dac was later pardoned.
Finally, Dac talks about the Kundalini, which according the the American Heritage Dictionary is "Energy that lies dormant at the base of the spine until it is activated, as by the practice of yoga, and channeled upward through the chakras in the process of spiritual perfection." Dac discovered the Kundalini force while in Sing Sing prison.
This discovery may explain the breadth and reach of Dac's work. Since the writing of his book, he has done a great deal of research on 9/11 (most significantly on the money behind it), has spoken in person all over the continent and on local and national radio on many issues, and has acted in numerous films. He is well known as a powerful speaker, to which I can personally attest.
See [...] on his films. See [...] on his activism.