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At the beginning of Indian boyhood Eastman recalls the 1862 Sioux Uprising in Minnesota that sent his family into exile in Canada. He describes his childhood there, which ended when his father, who had been presumed dead, appeared to take him back to the United States. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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David Reed Miller, a professor in the Department of Indian Studies at Saskatchewan Indian Federated College, has written an introduction for this Bison Book edition.
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  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Series: Native American
  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications (1971)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486220370
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486220376
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #325,740 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A Kid's Review on April 3, 2006
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This is a most excellent book because it is "AUTHENTIC" and not one that speaks of prejudice and the horrors of the Native American experience; instead, it allows you to catch a glimpse of what is now lost, a world of beauty and wonder. I highly recommend it to anyone: young or old; red, white, brown, or yellow -- a book that should be preserved and revered.
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There is so much myth about "the American Indian," or "The Native American," that for many non-Native Americans there is no way to understand what life was like on this continent before Euro-Americans wiped out those who lived here first.

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.
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I love biographic styles from 1850 era on up to the 1900,s This is one of the best I ever read.Not only will it hold your interest ,but you do feel like you are there .I think the American Plains Indian was treated very badly because of a lack of understanding their ways & values.We can all learn from this book (especially today) how wrong we can be .Anyone interested in opening up there mind to things we can do better should read this book.
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I enjoyed this book because it provides information about my family. My great grandfather was an older brother to Charles Eastman. I like the fact that it tells the story of a different time by an actual Dakotah person rather than a negative portrayal by someone from another race.
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So...I'm enjoying this for the glimpse it gives into our history, when Ohio (!) was the "frontier." However, I am appalled at the attiutude towards the American Indian.
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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After viewing the film "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee" (the story of Charles Eastman) I became interested in his writings. This book is an easy read and gave me insight into the life of a young Santee Souix boy. The writing style was a bit unusual and dated. It was evident to me that his wife (who was Anglo) edited the book in order to make it more acceptable to the white readers. Overall, I enjoyed the book very much.
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Ohiyesa: poignant, eloquent, meticulous writing. Had Europeans adopted the Native American way of life when they arrived, rather than insisting that the Natives must change ... and when unable to accomplish that heinous crime ... they conquered, defeated and robbed them, we would all be living in a much better world today!
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This is a most impressive description of the live of a young Native American. We can learn so much from this book to understand the spirituality and integrity of these people. Contemporary Americans need to look closely at all of this. So elegantly written and informative.
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