Indian Boyhood: The True Story of a Sioux Upbringing (Hardcover)
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Imagine a childhood full of adventure.Where riding horses, playing in the woods, and hunting for food was part of everyday life; where a grizzly bear, a raccoon, or a squirrel was your favorite pet.But imagine, too, being an orphan at the age of six, being forced off your land by U.S. soldiers, and often going hungry. Such was the childhood of the first great American Indian author, Charles Eastman, or Ohiyesa (1858-1939). Carefully edited for a younger audience by multiple award-winning author and editor, Michael Oren Fitzgerald, Indian Boyhood recalls Eastman's earliest childhood memories. He was born in a buffalo hide tipi in western Minnesota, and raised in the traditional Dakota Sioux manner until he was fifteen years old. He was then transplanted into the white man's world. Educated at Dartmouth College, he went on to become a medical doctor, renowned author, field secretary for the YMCA, and a spokesman for American Indians. Eastman was at Pine Ridge during the Ghost Dance rebellion of 1890-91, and he cared for the wounded Indians after the massacre at Wounded Knee. In 1910 he began his long association with the Boy Scouts of America, helping Ernest Thompson Seton establish the organization. A 2007 HBO film, entitledBury My Heart at Wounded Knee, features American Indian actor Adam Beach as Eastman.
About the Author
Charles Eastman (Ohiyesa) (1858-1939) was the first great American Indian author, publishing eleven books from 1902-1918. Michael Oren Fitzgerald is the author and editor of more than fifteen books that have received twenty-five awards, including the ForeWord Book of the Year Award, the Ben Franklin Award, and the USA Best Books Award. Michael lives with his wife in Bloomington, IN. Heidi M.Raschcomes from a family of German artists and has been a painter since childhood. Shestudiedfashion design and workedat Paris famedComedie-Francaise. She was adoptedinto the Crow tribeby Joe Medicine Crow, winner of the Presidential Medal ofFreedom.Heidi lives with her family in Bloomington, IN. Charles Trimble was a former Executive Director of the National Congress of American Indians. He is an enrolled member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe and was inducted into the South Dakota Hall of Fame in 2013."