Pilgrimage: Sturgis to Wounded Knee and Back Home Again, a Memoir (Memoirs of a Thoughtful Traveler Book 5) Kindle Edition
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"I just finished reading Pilgrimage:Sturgis to Wounded Knee and Back Home Again, a Memoir by Jeff Rasley and I agreewith him almost entirely, especially about the communalism and spiritualism ofthe Native Americans. Like me, he wonders how much better off our environmentmight be if we'd learned to live with them rather than killing them. ... Rasleydescribes his visit to the Pine Ridge Reservation, one of the bleakestplaces in the U.S. Not only is the land the Whites "gave" them some of the mostbarren I've seen, the people who live there deal with a scourge of alcoholism. ...On the whole, I appreciate his acceptance of cultures that are different fromhis own, including that of Indians, and his work to make people's lives betteron the other side of the world. I just hope that American Whites will let go ofthe assumption that the Indians' struggle ended at Wounded Knee. There arestill opportunities for redress of the wrongs our ancestors did to theindigenous people of this continent, or at least to stop ongoing exploitation."March 4, 2013 by FaithAnn Colburn, People Who Are Different From Us
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- ASIN : B00B0Q71A0
- Publisher : Midsummer Books (November 8, 2013)
- Publication date : November 8, 2013
- Language : English
- File size : 1366 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 93 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,905,774 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Some people, however, have a scrapbook of life experiences that deserves to be shared beyond the circle of mom, partner, and the favorite cousins.
For us lucky readers, Mr Rasely's yesterdays
fall in the latter category, and he describes them with wit, humility and charm.
If you have ever considered your "roots", or otherwise examined the randomness that helped form your outlook or character, you will enjoy the author's reflections on a mini-journey to investigate a unique part of his family history.
Mr. Rasley begins his adventure by telling his love/hate relationship with motorcycles. Love representing his wild free spirit out to experience the thrill of the open road via a 7,000 mile trip from Indiana to Mexico. The downside was a series of accidents leaving him with serious injury. He described one specific motorcycle accident that resulted in surgery at a Mazatlan hospital while he was under police guard.
This book is a story of becoming disillusioned with the Sturgis mystic and searching for reconciliation with history. He leaves the Sturgis bull-riding stripper, alcohol induced frenzy, testosterone soaked snakepit motorcycle tribe and hits the road to explore iconic historical sites of the western United States. A serendipitous side trip takes Mr. Rasley to the Lakota Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, site of the Wounded Knee massacre. Jeff's ancestor, Lieutenant James D. Mann was a military leader in the 7th Cavalry U. S. Army engaged in slaughtering over 150 Native American men, women and children.
Mr. Rasley writes about the Native American aspects of his hometown Goshen, Indiana. He notes the irony of our Hoosier state being named for "Land of Indians" yet there are no recognized Native American tribes left in Indiana. The Miami, Potawatomi and Miami tribes in the north and the Delaware and Shawnee tribes of central and southern Indiana were killed or forcibly removed. I am a Hoosier. I readily identified with the harm inflicted by our predatory ancestors and residual prejudice.
Jeff has trekked and led mountaineering expeditions to Nepal Himalayas multiple times since 1995. He has written extensively about his close relationship with the Sherpa and Rai people of Nepal. He was instrumental in organizing the Basa Village Foundation, USA. He is an experienced attorney and holds a Masters degree in Theology from the Christian Theological Seminary. His multifaceted personal, professional and spiritual life gives him a unique perspective in this book to provide comparison and contrast of the Native Americans and the people of Nepal.
Pilgrimage: Sturgis to Wounded Knee and Back Home Again, a Memoir, allowed me to hop in Jeff's Sebring named Goldie and hang on for the ride. Without becoming sappy, Mr. Rasley shared his viewpoint of historical and current events with a nostalgic flavor. I recommend Pilgrimage as a vehicle for introspective reflection.