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When the Tree Flowered: The Story of Eagle Voice, a Sioux Indian (New Edition)
"When the Tree Flowered is John Neihardt's mature and reflective inter-pretation of the old Sioux way of life. He served as a translator of the Sioux past whose audience has proved not to be limited by space or time. Through his writings, Black Elk, Eagle Elk, and other old men who were of that last generation of Sioux to have participated in the old buffalo-hunting life ...more
Paperback, 250 pages
Published March 1st 1991 by University of Nebraska Press
(first published 1951)
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I will tell you a story now. Once many months ago I started this book. Before I knew it, was doomed to walking the path of eternal anguish and boredom. Along the way I read many stories about buffalo and pipes. This caused my soul to cry out in pain as I read each word cramped onto the pages, praying that I would make it to the end of the chapter soon so I could stop reading. Each time I would force myself to read just a few pages, I had to binge watch netflix just to rejuvenate myself to face ...more
This is a beautiful book. I don't know how literally to take it, though. Are the stories composites? How accurate is are the events? Is Plains Indian life romanticized at all? Despite my questions, I love the spare language and the voice of the storyteller. His stories cover both the daily life and the heroics of the time before white people, pivot on mythology and origins, and end with the coming of whites and the fading of his culture. My only complaint, unless it's true, is the thread of his ...more
Aug 18, 2011 Mark rated it it was amazing
An excellent memoir recalling the time of the Ghost Dancers. Eagle Voice was there just at that transitional period before and after the massacre at Wounded Knee- and speaks with great hope that the years ahead- whether or not they did- would bring the peoples of America- including the whites and every shade who came along with- to a new harmony of living. Inspirational.
This book was only a few hundred pages long, but it was so boring it took me three weeks to read. It's basically about an old guy sitting around telling old stories, with a lot of "maybe"s, "afterwhile"s, and "reverie"s. Admittedly, some stories were ok, but overall I did not like it