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The Soul of the Indian

Charles Alexander Eastman

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"We also have a religion which was given to our forefathers, and has been handed down to us their children. It teaches us to be thankful, to be united, and to love one another! We never quarrel about religion."

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .God; and when such treaties, so made, were promptly and shamelessly broken, is it strange that the action should arouse not only anger, but contempt? The historians of the white race admit that the Indian was never the first to repudiate his oath.

It is my personal belief, after thirty-five years' experience of it, that there is no such thing as "Christian civilization." I believe that Christianity and modern civilization are opposed and irreconcilable, and that the spirit of Christianity and of our ancient religion is essentially the same.

II. THE FAMILY ALTAR Pre-natal Influence. Early Religious Teaching. The Function of the Aged. Woman, Marriage and the Family. Loyalty, Hospitality, Friendship.

The American Indian was an individualist in religion as in war. He had neither a national army nor an organized church. There was no priest to assume responsibility for another's soul. That is, we believed, the . . . Read More

Community Reviews

Should be required reading for we Americans, connecting us with reverence for Mother Nature and the Universe. Eastman (actual Native name: Ohíye S’a) illustrates the magic to which we are blind.

If you choose out of the great fortune of experiencing this book, please read this excerpt encapsulating


100% five stars. First Indigenous autobiography. Heck yeah.

It’s a quick read but it’s good. Read this. An interesting account of his Dakota peoples’ community prior to European interference.

There are some beautiful lessons and original teachings that are crystal clear here. Need some direction? Ne

"Bil sem na koncu zemlje.
Bil sem na koncu voda.
Bil sem na koncu neba.
Bil sem na koncu gora.
Ničesar nisem našel, kar mi ne bi bilo prijatelj."
Rek plemena Navaho

You shouldn’t judge a book by its cover and you can’t judge a book by its size. Although The Soul of the Indian by Charles Alexander (Ohiyesa) Eastman only counts sixty-four pages, it relays much about the Sioux Indians both before and after the arrival of Europeans in North America. Many of the gen

Page wise, this should be a short read about customs and religion.

So, (projecting my own mixed feelings about religion) I buckled down, suspended my own socialization and my own colonization (I am American, born in the States, but not white...many do not consider that American at all, but would reg

I recommend this to the general reader as well as those deeply interested in indigenous history and culture. I appreciate the simplicity of the syntax,the occasional poetic expression and even a few quotable phrases. This book I read in under two hours.It is an easy overview of some captivating myth

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