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Indian Child Life

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Indian Child Life by Charles Alexander Eastman offers a fascinating look into the traditional way of life for Native American children. Eastman, a Dakota Sioux author, provides insight into the daily activities, games, and ceremonies that were an integral part of growing up in a Native American community.

Through a series of vivid descriptions and personal anecdotes, Eastman paints a vivid picture of the close connection between children and nature, as well as the importance of storytelling and oral tradition in passing down cultural knowledge. Readers will also gain an understanding of the values and beliefs that guided the upbringing of Native American children, such as respect for elders and the environment.

Overall, Indian Child Life is a valuable resource for those seeking to learn more about the rich cultural heritage of Native American communities. Eastman's firsthand perspective and detailed accounts make this book a must-read for anyone interested in Native American history and culture.

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The author was raised as an American Indian and describes what it was like to be an Indian boy (the first 7 chapters) and an Indian Girl (the last 7 chapters). This is very different from the slanted way the white man tried to picture them as 'savages' and 'brutes.'Quote: Dear Children:—You will like to know that the man who wrote these true stories is himself one of the people he describes so pleasantly and so lovingly for you. He hopes that when you have finished this book, the Indians will seem to you very real and very friendly. He is not willing that all your knowledge of the race that formerly possessed this continent should come from the lips of strangers and enemies, or that you should think of them as blood-thirsty and treacherous, as savage and unclean.

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