Dakota Philosopher: Charles Eastman and American Indian Thought

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Minnesota Historical Society, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 185 pages
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Charles Eastman (1858-1939) straddled two worlds in his life and writing. The author of "Indian Boyhood" was raised in the traditional Dakota (Sioux) way after the upheaval of the 1862 U.S.-Dakota War. His father later persuaded Ohiyesa to take a white name, study Christianity, and attend medical school. But when Eastman served as a government doctor during the Wounded Knee massacre, he became disillusioned about Americans' capacity to live up to their own ideals. While Eastman's contemporaries viewed him as "a great American and a true philosopher," Indian scholars have long dismissed Eastman's work as assimilationist. Now, for the first time, his philosophy as manifested in his writing is examined in detail. David Martínez explores Eastman's views on the U.S.-Dakota War, Dakota and Ojibwe relations, Dakota sacred history, and citizenship in the Progressive Era, claiming for him a long overdue place in America's intellectual pantheon.
 

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I have read but the introduction and chapter one "The Greatest Sioux of the Century" from this book, but I very much want to read more about this Dakota writer and doctor. This book by David Martinez ... Read full review

Contents

The Greatest Sioux of the Century
3
The Traditions of Their Fathers
25
From Enemies to PanIndian Allies
55
For the Honor of the Race and the Good of the Country
83
Exile From Mnisota Makoce
123
EPILOGUE
153
NOTES
167
INDEX
179
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About the author (2009)

Martinez is a professor of American Indian Studies at the University of Minnesota, where he teaches courses in American Indian philosophies, spirituality, and aesthetics. He received a master's from the University of Arizona, and earned a doctorate from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

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