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From the Deep Woods to Civilization: Chapters in the Autobiography of an Indian

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From the Deep Woods to Civilization: Chapters in the Autobiography of an Indian by Charles Alexander Eastman is a captivating and enlightening read that offers a unique perspective on the intersection of indigenous culture and Western society. Eastman's recounting of his journey from growing up in the wilderness as a Dakota Sioux to becoming a renowned physician and author sheds light on the complexities and challenges faced by Native Americans during a time of significant cultural upheaval.

The book is beautifully written, with vivid descriptions that transport the reader to the lush forests and open plains of Eastman's youth. His reflections on the spiritual beliefs and traditions of his people are poignant and thought-provoking, offering valuable insights into the richness and depth of indigenous cultures.

Throughout the book, Eastman grapples with the conflicting influences of his traditional upbringing and the expectations of the dominant white society. His struggles to reconcile these two worlds provide a powerful narrative that speaks to the universal human experience of identity and belonging.

Overall, From the Deep Woods to Civilization is a moving and thought-provoking memoir that offers a valuable perspective on the history and experiences of Native Americans in the face of cultural assimilation. Eastman's story is one of resilience, wisdom, and hope, and is a must-read for anyone interested in Native American history and culture.

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From the Deep Woods to Civilization is the sequel to Indian Boyhood. Charles Eastman (Ohiyesa) gives his account of what it was like to transition from the ways of his Inidan life to that of the white man. His father, long thought dead, had converted to Christianity and wished the same for his son as well as receiving education in the white man's school. At the age of 15, Ohiyesa must learn to balance the old familiar life of the American Indian with that of the new in the world of the white man, one of his first acts being the cutting of his long hair and attending school. It also chronicles his life of college to becoming a doctor at Pine Ridge in South Dakota, his marriage to Elaine Goodale, and his involvement in politics, the YMCA, and Boy Scouts of America. ( Laura Victoria)


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