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Indian Boyhood

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This is a pre-1923 historical reproduction that was curated for quality. Quality assurance was conducted on each of these books in an attempt to remove books with imperfections introduced by the digitization process. Though we have made best efforts - the books may have occasional errors that do not impede the reading experience. We believe this work is culturally importan ...more
Paperback, 152 pages
Published May 29th 2008 by BiblioLife (first published 1902)
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Nov 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: academic
This book is a firsthand account by Eastman, of his life from his birth, until his father returned to the community. An easy read, the writing isn't complicated by jargon. Overall, this book provides useful information concerning the worldview of Plains Indians during the mid to late-nineteenth century, as well as providing some firsthand accounts about the way Indigenous Knowledge is transmitted to children. Learning in the field next to his uncles and aunts, elders and mother, Eastman provides ...more
Shoma Patnaik
The reason I enjoy reading Ohiyesa's books so much is his unique perspective, one that came from living in two different worlds, native and mainstream American. This book traces his life in the first world, growing up in a Sioux camp.

Most of his account is set in Canada where he went into exile after being separated from his father and siblings following the 1862 Dakota War. Before Indian Boyhood, I read Old Indian Days and my favourite story in that book was based on this event; it was interest
Vera Godley
Jun 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a first-hand experience story written many years ago by a Sioux Indian, Ohiyesa (Charles Alexander Eastman, his white man's world name) recounting his boyhood as he was raised in the traditional Sioux Indian way. It is fascinating to learn how this child grew thoroughly immersed in the Indian world and then went on into adulthood and assimilated into the white man's world as a highly educated doctor and published author.Originally published in 1902 by Charles Eastman recounting his tradi ...more
Mar 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I wanted to read this book after watching a movie about Eastman's life. I hope to read more of his writings.
Annie Do
Genre: Biography, Autobiography, Juvenile Literature
Written by Charles Eastman a.k.a. Ohiyesa (Santee Dakota), adapted by Michael Oren Fitzgerald (member of Crow tribe), and illustrated by Heidi M. Rasch.

This book entails a simple story about what it's like to live the Indian boyhood life. The story are recollections of Eastman's earliest childhood memories, and it gave insight to the traditions and customs of Indian boyhood. Some of these topics included how the Indian boy should be prince of t
Jul 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, history, people
Indian Boyhood is the humorous, nostalgic memoir of a Sioux born in 1858, in the twilight of his tribe's days as a free people. His use of the word "savage" to describe himself and his culture comes across as wryly ironic, a play on the sensibilities of his white readers. Eastman nevertheless does not downplay the dangers of inter-tribal warfare or the precariousness of a nomadic hunter-gatherer existence. The book is incredibly rich in its descriptions of traditional Sioux customs, ceremonies, ...more
The book starts off well with an interesting foreword by Charles Trimble, a registered Oglala Lakota, that identifies the specific nation that Ohiyesa/Eastman was part of. In the foreword he presents the historical context and sets the scene for the book and while not graphic, he is unflinching in how he presents the events that shaped Ohiyesa/Eastman’s life.

“In the so-called Indian Uprising of 1862 the Dakota people rebelled against white incursions onto their lands and the government’s withhol
Robin Friedman
May 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In 1902, Charles Eastman, or Ohiyessa, wrote an account, "Indian Boyhood" of his Dakota Sioux childhood. Eastman (1858 -- 1939) lived a remarkable life in two cultures. Up to the age of 15, he was raised in the Sioux culture he described in "Indian Boyhood". Eastman went on to graduate from Dartmouth College and from the medical school of Boston College. He had a career as a physician, worked as a field secretary for the YMCA, helped found the Boy Scouts, and wrote eleven books beginning with "I ...more
Jun 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Bracketed with background information about the author, illustrator, and supporters of this book, Indian Boyhood presents a very simply told story for young children, filled with tiny details of text and illustration that imply a much larger tale. The writing is smoothly edited from Charles Eastman’s original text by Michael Oren Fitzgerald, combining the sense of a children’s picture book with the depth of genuine cultural difference and experience—a difference born of time, location and histor ...more
Rahul Sharma
Sep 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I had to read this book for my Native American literature course. The culture of the indigenous people is extremely different from ours. It was amazing to read about some of the experiences Ohiyesa had during his time with his tribe. Talking about the rite of passage into becoming a warrior was so interesting because it polarizes strongly with what I have to do today to be considered an adult. It's also similar in some ways. Ohiyesa must make an emotional sacrifice and be disciplined to be consi ...more
Jun 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Indian Boyhood" is a picture book for ages 4 and up and it's an edited version of Charles Eastman's autobiography about his Dakota Sioux upbringing. Charles Eastman, or Ohiyesa, lived from (1858-1939) and wrote eleven books from 1902-1918. This book tells how he was raised by a grandmother due to losing his parents while very young and how they were forced off their land, but also about his wild-animal pets, hunting, and learning to be a warrior.

The illustrations complement the text by showing
Angela Noel
Oct 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Charles Eastman was a complicated man. I had never heard of him until my son and I visited the Baaken Museum on the banks of Lake Calhoun in Minneapolis. I wandered outside of the museum, as Jackson built an electrical circuit, and read the placards placed at regular intervals on the terrace. Looking out over restored wetlands on the museum property connected to the lake by a snaking track of road, I learned that Mr. Eastman had lived near the lake as a child and later wrote a book about his ear ...more
May 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-sarah
I really loved this book! Charles Eastman (Ohiyesa) was a Woodland Sioux who was raised in the traditional way until the age of 15. This is his account of those years. There are chapters about his grandmother, hunting, sugar collecting, games, legends, evenings around the fire, and just life in the woods in general. It was originally written for children so it isn't stuffy or boring, but it isn't too simplistic either. It was a very interesting and pleasant read. It took me to another time and c ...more
Feb 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Written in 1902 and still in print I believe, though my copy is from 1930. Very readable; possibly originally juvenile nonfiction. Recommended for people who want to know what the young American Indian contemporaries of Laura Ingalls Wilder were doing while she was in the prairies. Lots of detail about Sioux daily living, games, food, contests, rituals, courting and governing. The author lived "the wild life" into his teens, when his life changed forever and he joined "civilization". I will be l ...more
Jan 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely charming. Ohiyesa (Charles Eastman) lived as a Sioux for his first 15 years. He had a pet grizzly bear. His uncle got him up at all hours of the night to practice his warrior skills. His family quizzed him on folktales. His father was taken from him during the Sioux rebellion, and he was told it was his job to avenge his father's death. But then Lincoln pardoned him and the family moved to Canada. (I had to look up elsewhere -- -- what he was p ...more
San Diego Book Review
This is a true story about a boy named Ohiyesa. When he was older, he was called Charles Eastman, and he wrote about when he was a boy in “Indian Boyhood: The True Story of a Sioux Upbringing”. This book was written by Michael Oren Fitzgerald who used a lot of the words that Ohiyesa used when he was writing his book. (read more...)You can read this entire review at San Diego Book Review
Jul 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received this book as a First Read. It's a good adaptation of Eastman's original book and a good intro to Eastman's boyhood life. It's also a good intro for young readers to Native American history. The illustrations are detailed and have a great folk quality to them. This book will inspire young readers as well as older readers to learn more about both Eastman's life and Native American history.
Jun 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received my copy via Goodreads giveaways.
A beautifully-illustrated adaptation from the original, "The true story of a Sioux upbringing" is a short, sweet, charming tale of a boy's youth (to age 15) as a northern-prairie-dwelling native American. Heidi Rasch is to be complimented for this edition's appropriate, helpful, enjoyable artwork.
Jan 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
A firsthand account of Santee Dakota life in the mid 19th century. Well-written (possibly with the assistance of Ruth Alexander, a university English professor?), descriptive, and interesting.
Alexander Geronzin
Dec 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Amazing insight into the journey of an assimilated Sioux.
Oct 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Charles Alexander Eastman is unique among Indian writers, whether storytellers or oral historians. He was raised traditionally, as a Woodland Sioux, by his grandmother, from 1858 - 1874, until he was 15. He thus gained a thorough first-hand knowledge of the lifeways, language, culture, and oral history.

His father (thought to have been hanged at Mankato, Minnesota) reappeared and insisted he recei

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