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My Indian Boyhood

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Although the traditional Sioux nation was in its last days when Luther Standing Bear was born in the 1860s, he was raised in the ancestral manner to be a successful hunter and warrior and a respectful and productive member of Sioux society. Known as Plenty Kill, young Standing Bear belonged to the Western Sioux tribe that inhabited present-day North and South Dakota. In My ...more
Paperback, 200 pages
Published September 1st 1988 by University of Nebraska Press (first published 1988)
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Oct 29, 2013 Natalie rated it really liked it
My Indian Boyhood is a book by Luther Standing Bear about his life as a child. He describes the way that his people lived and the things that made them who they were. There were many things that I didn't know about the Sioux as a people. Such as the ways that Luther Standing Bear and his friends would catch turtles when they found them or the ways the Sioux wore their feathers after a battle or the games he played as a child. I learned many things from this book and I hope that you do too.
Jan 17, 2013 Tanja rated it really liked it
Shelves: biography-memoir
Very interesting details on how a Native American boy used to grow up, about their traditions and beliefs. Luther Standing Bear described the general upbringing, weaponry, plants and herbs that were used and how they hunted and went fishing. The many tasks and the knowledge of Native American women are mentioned as well. In one chapter he tells about the very special relationship each boy had with his pony. In another chapter he paints a picture of the games boys and girls played.
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This autobiographical book, written for children, simply and somewhat nostalgically describes what it was like to be a Lakota child in the 1870s. I don't mean "nostalgic" to be a criticism. It is the perfect tone for the intended audience, children, and for the intended purpose, a defense of the traditional Indian lifestyle. -- and what a beautiful and convincing defense it is! I think this is a must-read for all American children, and I would encourage you to read it with them. I certainly hope ...more
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Feb 21, 2016 David Devine rated it liked it
Interesting insight to Native American life for the Sioux.
Oct 26, 2008 Kate rated it liked it
Recommends it for: those interested in the Lakota
Very informative, but extremely dry. If you are interested in knowing about the life of 19th-Century Lakota, you should definitely read this--especially if you plan to try to make some of their tools, etc.
Dec 27, 2010 Amy rated it it was amazing
Loved this. Great resource for anyone looking to evaluate accuracy of books on American Indian history.
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Luther Standing Bear (Ota Kte, "Plenty Kill" or "Mochunozhin") was an Oglala Lakota chief notable in American history as an Native American author, educator, philosopher, and actor of the twentieth century.
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“Generosity is a mark of bravery, so all Sioux boys were taught to be generous.” 2 likes
“Hollow Horn Bear knew that to be leader and adviser of his people he must be honest and reliable, and that his word once given in promise must never be taken back. He knew that he must be a man of will-power, standing for the right no matter what happened to him personally; that he must have strength of purpose, allowing no influence to turn him from doing what was best for the tribe. He must be willing to serve his people without thought of pay. He must be utterly unselfish and kind-hearted to the old and poor and stand ready to give to those in need. Above all, he must be unafraid to deal equal justice to all.” 1 likes
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