- Paperback: 108 pages
- Publisher: iUniverse; 7/28/09 edition (August 27, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1440162786
- ISBN-13: 978-1440162787
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.3 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 29 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #213,345 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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There is much talk these days (including books and movies) of post-traumatic stress disorder (ptsd) in reference to returning soldiers from Iraq and Afghanistan. But the term complex ptsd refers to this condition as it is acquired during childhood and how symptons manifest themselves during adulthood. Walter Littlemoon's book explains how complex ptsd applies to not only his experience in the boarding schools, but to Indians around the U.S.
Walter's story does a good job of detailing the American Indian experience of the second half of the 20th century - growing up on an Indian reservation with English as a second language, boarding school attendance, going through the relocation program in the late 1950's in San Francisco, fighting in Vietnam, the Wounded Knee occupation in 1973 and its aftermath told from the point of view of a resident of Wounded Knee. Walter's opinion of that event and of the American Indian Movement (AIM) is one not typically known.
This book gives a root reason as to why there is cultural deterioration, increased gang activity, suicide, alcoholism and domestic violence in Indian country today - the boarding schools and the consequences of forced separation of child from parent. But it is also an inspirational story of how someone acquires the courage to go back into a painful past in order to heal himself and become whole again.