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Old Indian Days

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The stories in Old Indian Days focus mainly on Sioux bands of the Upper Midwest in prereservation times, when contact with whites was minimal. Charles A. Eastman, a mixed-blood Sioux who earned renown as the author of nearly a dozen books, was on home ground in writing about the traditional life of his people, their customs, warm family relations, reverence for animals, an
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Shoma Patnaik
I loved the mingling of folklore and history in Ohiyesa's Old Indian Days. One of my favourite stories in this collection was The Chief Soldier which recounts the Dakota War of 1862 from the point of view of Tawasuota, the chief soldier of the title. The beginning of the story is depicted beautifully: the Indian warrior with his children, watching the family of settlers across the river. The story is poignant and does not take sides, simply showing how high the price of war is. I also liked the ...more
Leah
Nov 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've been putting off writing a review for this because I read it so slowly that I'm having a hard time remembering it all well enough to formulate my thoughts about it. I do know that I enjoyed it very much. Charles Eastman was a Woodland Sioux who was raised traditionally until the age of 15. I believe his upbringing causes him to have such a unique voice in his books. He words things so beautifully. This book has independent short stories in each chapter that you can just imagine have been pa ...more
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Lost the book on my e-reader and unable to get it again. It had many individual stories which I enjoyed.
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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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