Lame Deer, Seeker of Visions
Storyteller, rebel, medicine man, Lame Deer was born almost a century ago on the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota. A full-blooded Sioux, he was many things in the white man's world -- rodeo clown, painter, prisioner. But, above all, he was a holy man of the Lakota tribe.
Seeker of Vision
The story he tells is one of harsh youth and reckless manhood, shotgu...more
There's humor and wisdom and pain in this, but more interesting is what it doesn't have. Unlike many spiritually inclined texts, I don't get a feeling of... well... Smugness from Lame Deer. So many of the new age mystical texts I've read have this feeling, like "Well, this is just how the universe works, and I the author, must educate you poor...more
"You've seen me drunk and broke. You've heard me curse or tell a dirty joke. You know I'm not better and wiser than other men. But I've been up on the hilltop, got my vision and power; the rest is just trimmings."
I was raised Catholic, and I didn't realize how much I still looked back on that upbringing until reading this book and thinking "THIS is what a priest should be like." Any one who hasn't walked the dark side, who hasn't questioned their exis...more
Lame Deer, a Lakota shaman, has answers to these questions and many more. In the past 25 years or so, I've read a lot of Native American literature, both fiction and non-fiction. I'm continually drawn to it, learning from it, feeling a kinship with the authors. Today, the way we live life is like a car heading at fu...more
Lame Deer also gives his perspective on white society and its spiritual and ethical bankruptcy (he spent some years in white society). He sees many of us chasing the almighty dollar, disconnected from the land, plants, animals and each other (spot on). By contrast, the Sioux gi...more
It's the story Lame Deer, a rodeo clown, outlaw and medicine man. We start with a journey up the hill on his first vision quest as a young boy and follow him throughout the amazing journey that is his life. When I read this book I feel as thought I am sitting next to Lame Deer as we drive along...more
The text was an easy read. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a non-stereotypical insight to ways of Dakotas/Lakotas. Those of you looking for an angry SIOUX Warrior or the "...more