Light on the Indian World: The Essential Writings of Charles Eastman (Library of Perennial Philosophy)

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9780941532303: Light on the Indian World: The Essential Writings of Charles Eastman (Library of Perennial Philosophy)

By the first Native American author to live simultaneously in both the traditional world of the Sioux and modern white civilization.

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Ohiyesa, also known as Charles Alexander Eastman, was the first great American Indian author, publishing eleven books from 1902 until 1918. In his later adult life he was the foremost Indian spokesman of his day and his contribution to our understanding of the American Indian philosophy and religion are so significant that at the 1933 Chicago World's Fair, he was presented a special medal honoring the most distinguished achievements by an American Indian.

A Santee Sioux, Ohiyesa was born in 1858 and lived the traditional nomadic life--including complete training to be a hunter-warrior--in Canada and Minnesota until the age of 15. When his father, who Ohiyesa thought had been killed by whites, suddenly reappeared, the young boy was immersed in the dominant civilization of the white race. He eventually received his undergraduate degree from Dartmouth and his medical degree from Boston College before returning to the Pine Ridge reservation in S. Dakota.

Mr. Fitzgerald has been an adopted member of the Thomas Yellowtail family and the Crow tribe since 1972. His most important book is Yellowtail: Crow Medicine Man and Sun Dance Chief, which he recorded and edited, and first published in 1991 (U. Oklahoma Press). For over 30 years, Fitzgerald has spent extensive amounts of time each summer visiting various American Indian tribes throughout the Plains and the Southwest and has attended sacred rites of the Crow, Sioux, Cheyenne, Shoshone, and Apache tribes. He has written numerous publications on Native American spirituality and is currently finishing two additional books.

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A powerful and eye-opening look at the Native American life ... This is a fascinating book. -- Foreword Reviews

It is a small miracle that these important spiritual teachings have been preserved for us. -- James Trosper, Shoshone Medicine Man and Sun Dance Chief

Michael Fitzgerald has captured the essence of Charles Eastman’s writings, focusing on selections from his four best books. -- Raymond Wilson, professor at Fort Hayes State University

Received 5 STARS! "A Powerful and Eye-Opening Look at Native American Life...a fascinating book." "Eastman...speaks with authority." -- ForeWordReviews.com

This work is a gift of major proportion, to a world in need of gifts, especially those spiritual. -- Janine Pease-Pretty On Top, founding president of the Little Big Horn College, and past president of the American Indian Higher Education Consortium

[This] is a fascinating, engaging, informative and memorable addition to personal, academic, and community library Native American Studies. -- Midwest Book Review

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