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Indian Boyhood (Native American) Paperback – June 1, 1971
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This book, by Charles Alexander Eastman(Née Ohiyesa), offers a genuine first-hand story about what it was like growing up in the years before the massacre at Wounded Knee, when his tribe had to flee to Canada.
Ohiyesa's father was captured and imprisoned by American soldiers when his son was a very young boy. But by the time he was a teenager, his father was released from jail, and he went to Canada to reclaim his son. The boy went to American jails and ultimately was graduated from Dartmouth College as a physician. He went through a period in his life in which he wrote a series of books about the Lakota way of life, in which he explains values, belief systems, and the lifestyle he experienced as a child. Today, unfortunately, due to government imposed boarding schools during the first part of the 20th Century, this became a lost way of life and thought.
Ohiyesa's books are treasures for the soul. They are simple, spare, Spartan even, and beautiful. Above all, they are honest. And in their direct, one-to-one description of how humans lived so simply with nature, they are inspiring and spiritual.
Ohiyesa's books should be required reading for students of literature, sociology, American history, philosophy, and psychology. They are not written to lament the plight of a people. But dignifying the elegant ways of a tribe -- simply by recording it as it was -- creates and understanding. And once you understand, you cannot help but mourn for the natural and simple ways that were.
This is worth reading if only to show us why, as a people, we should be ashamed of ourselves!
Alas, "Sic semper (ab) tyrranis" ("So always do tyrants act.") Because, man has certainly learned very few lessons from his padt behavior.
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I enjoyed reading this, helped me truly understand what life was life on the plains. I didn't want it to end....Published 9 months ago by gail4swind
Very interesting. I love reading about native Americans. The reason I choose this one is because the writer has the same name as my grandfather.Published 16 months ago by carole maher
I could not get past the first few pages - so much "trash" that I gave up and returned it for a refund.Published 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
all the eastman books are classics of native american life.Published 19 months ago by mary in new york city
i bought this for my grandson who is six. tonight when i spoke with him, he was entertaining the neighborhood children reading it to them. all of whom were older than he is. Read morePublished 23 months ago by redheadedoldwoman
Deeply insightful into a time past. A must read for any mentor who works with young men and young men looking to connect with the there inner naturePublished on March 9, 2014 by Joshua P. Cunningham