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The Soul of the Indian: An Interpretation (AmazonClassics Edition) Kindle Edition
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Physician, activist, and author Charles Alexander Eastman was the first Native American certified in Western medicine and one of the first authors of any background to emphasize the Native American perspective. In The Soul of the Indian, he shares the customs, rituals, celebrations, and beliefs of Native American spirituality, and in so doing provides a powerful account of the “Great Mystery” at their core. For readers of the time, Eastman clarified how Native Americans conceptualized morality, mortality, civility, courage, and wisdom, and his chronicle remains powerful today because of its universal values. Eastman’s ancestral faith¬ blends poetry, prophecy, unwritten scriptures, and folklore in order to teach us, as he puts it, “to be thankful, to be united, and to love one another.”
Revised edition: Previously published as The Soul of the Indian, this edition of The Soul of the Indian: An Interpretation (AmazonClassics Edition) includes editorial revisions.
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Charles Alexander Eastman (1858–1939) was born near Redwood Falls, Minnesota, of Santee Dakota, English, and French ancestry. Named Ohiyesa (“The Winner”) in his youth, Eastman pursued a career as a physician, graduating from Boston University as the first Native American certified in Western medicine. Working on reservations in South Dakota, and even tending to the victims of the Wounded Knee Massacre, he was increasingly active in issues affecting Native American rights. Eastman founded thirty-two Native American chapters of the YMCA, and cofounded the Boy Scouts of America, the Camp Fire Girls, and the Society of American Indians. Enlightening readers with groundbreaking insight into the history, culture, and spirituality of Native Americans, Eastman wrote a number of successful books, including The Soul of the Indian: An Interpretation and his autobiography, Memories of an Indian Boyhood.
- ASIN : B09RQQGYS9
- Publisher : AmazonClassics (7 June 2022)
- Language : English
- File size : 1777 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 58 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1519202997
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In this book, Charles Eastman describes the religion of the indigenous people of America before they were “civilized” (the author’s expression).
The religion he describes is one of a gentle understanding of nature and a peace with the simplicities of life. Although he also touches on a justification for the brutality of war.
He reflects several times on the dubious advantages of “civilization”.