The Soul of the Indian
By (author) Charles A. Eastman
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Soul of the Indian by Charles A. Eastman
Book DescriptionCharles Alexander Eastman (1858-1939) was a mixed-blood Sioux. His maternal grandmother, daughter of Chief Cloudman of the Mdewankton Sioux, was married to a well-known western artist, Captain Seth Eastman, and in 1847 their daughter Mary Nancy Eastman became the wife of Chief Many Lightnings, a Wahpeton Sioux. Their fifth child, Charles Alexander Eastman, as a four-year old was given the name Ohiyesa (the Winner). During the Sioux Uprising of 1862 Ohiyesa became separated from his father-his mother had died soon after his birth-and fled from the reservation in Minnesota to Canada under the protection of his grandmother and uncle. There he was schooled in the Indian ways until the age of fifteen, when he was reunited with his father, who took him back to his homestead in present South Dakota. Eastman went on to become one of the best-known Indians of his time, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree from Dartmouth in 1887 and a medical degree from Boston University three years later. From his first appointment as a physician at Pine Ridge Agency, where he witnessed the events that culminated in the Wounded Knee massacre, he sought to bring understanding between Native and non-Native Americans. In addition to two autobiographical works, Indian Boyhood (1902) and From the Deep Woods to Civilization (1916), Charles Eastman wrote nine other books, some in collaboration with his wife, Elaine Goodale Eastman (who has told her story in Sister to the Sioux, also a Bison Book). In The Soul of the Indian, first published in 1911, the author's aim has been "to paint the religious life of the typical American Indian as it was before he knew the white man."
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780803267015
(203mm x 134mm x 12mm)
Imprint: University of Nebraska Press
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Publish Date: 1-Apr-1980
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Charles A. Eastman
Living In Two Worlds, Paperback (December 2009)
The importance of Eastman's life story was reiterated for a new generation when the 2007 HBO film entitled "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee" used Eastman, played by Adam Beach, as its leading hero. This book presents an account of the American Indian experience as seen through the eyes of the author.
Raccoon and the Bee Tree, Hardback (September 2009)
illustrated, word list, bibliography, introduction
Indian Heroes and Great Chieftains, Paperback (May 1997)
Vivid biographical sketches, by author raised as young Sioux in 19th century, of 15 great Indian leaders: Red Cloud, Crazy Horse, Sitting Bull, Little Crow, Chief Joseph, 10 more. Enhanced with 12 portraits.
Indian Scout Craft and Lore, Paperback (March 1976)» View all books by Charles A. Eastman
A full-blooded Sioux trained as a warrior to age sixteen discusses the crafts, lore, and customs that were the essence of that training.
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