The Essential Charles Eastman (Ohiyesa): Light on the Indian World

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World Wisdom, Inc, 2007 - History - 225 pages
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This revised and updated edition contains the most important writings of Charles Eastman (Ohiyesa), the first Native American author to live simultaneously in both the traditional world of the Santee Sioux and the modern civilization of the white man. Dr. Eastman also attended the injured at the Battle of Wounded Knee. Ohiyesa's works represent a complete explanation of the philosophy and moral code of the Plains Indian. Ohiyesa's message speaks to every person who seeks a spiritual way in the midst of a society increasingly dominated by materialism and industrial technology. Sun Dance chief, James Trosper writes, It is a small miracle that these important spiritual teachings have been preserved for us. This new edition contains 10 sepia photographs from Eastman's life and a thought-provoking foreword by Raymond Wilson.
 

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Contents

The Soul of the Indian
1
The Great Mystery
3
The Family Altar
9
Ceremonial and Symbolic Worship
16
Barbarism and the Moral Code
22
The Unwritten Scriptures
30
On the Borderland of Spirits
34
The Indian Today
43
The Maidens Feast
122
Indian Life and Adventure
125
From the Deep Woods to Civilization
153
My First School Days
158
On the White Mans Trail
166
College Life in the West
171
College Life in the East
174
A Doctor Among the Indians
179

The How and the Why of the Indian Wars
51
The New Indian Policy
52
The Indian at Home
53
The Indian as a Citizen
55
The Indians Gifts to the Nation
61
Indian Boyhood
67
Early Hardships
72
An Indian Boys Training
89
My Plays and Playmates
95
Hakadahs First Offering
109
Evening in the Lodge
116
The Ghost Dance War
184
War with the Politicians
188
Civilization as Preached and Practiced
191
At the Nations Capital
195
Back to the Woods
197
The Soul of the White Man
200
Bibliography of the Works of Charles Eastman
205
Biographical Notes
207
Index
215
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Page 1 - Brother, we do not understand these things. We are told that your religion was given to your forefathers, and has been handed down from father to son. We also have a religion, which was given to our forefathers and has been handed down to us, their children.
Page xiii - I am an Indian; and while I have learned much from civilization, for which I am grateful, I have never lost my Indian sense of right and justice. I am for development and progress along social and spiritual lines, rather than those of commerce, nationalism, or efficiency. Nevertheless, so long as I live, I am an American.

About the author (2007)

Charles Alexander Eastman (first named Ohiyesa) (February 19, 1858 - January 8, 1939) was a Native American physician, writer, national lecturer, and reformer. He was of Santee Sioux and Anglo-American ancestry. Active in politics and issues on American Indian rights, he worked to improve the lives of youths, and founded 32 Native American chapters of the Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA). He also helped found the Boy Scouts of America. He is considered the first Native American author to write American history from the native point of view.

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