Baker & Taylor A Santee Sioux Indian describes his childhood experiences and training as a warrior in the late nineteenth century until he was taken to live in the white man's world at age fifteen.
NBN Imagine a childhood where riding horses andhunting for food was part of daily life. But imagine, too, becoming an orphanand losing your land to soldiers. Such was the Dakota Sioux childhood of famedAmerican Indian author, Charles Eastman, or Ohiyesa. Eastman's writings havebeen edited for young readers by award-winning author, Michael Fitzgerald, andbrought to life by illustrator, Heidi Rasch. Ohiyesa's childhood will thrill readerswith its sense of excitement and adventure. Imagine a childhood full of adventure. Where riding horses, playing in the woods, and hunting for food was part of everyday life; where a grizzly bear, a raccoon, or a squirrel was your favorite pet. But imagine, too, being an orphan at the age of six, being forced off your land by U.S. soldiers, and often going hungry. Such was the childhood of the first great American Indian author, Charles Eastman, or Ohiyesa (1858-1939). Carefully edited for a younger audience by multiple award-winning author and editor, Michael Oren Fitzgerald, Indian Boyhood recalls Eastman’s earliest childhood memories. He was born in a buffalo hide tipi in western Minnesota, and raised in the traditional Dakota Sioux manner until he was fifteen years old. He was then transplanted into the “white man’s” world. Educated at Dartmouth College, he went on to become a medical doctor, renowned author, field secretary for the YMCA, and a spokesman for American Indians. Eastman was at Pine Ridge during the “Ghost Dance” rebellion of 1890-91, and he cared for the wounded Indians after the massacre at Wounded Knee. In 1910 he began his long association with the Boy Scouts of America, helping Ernest Thompson Seton establish the organization. A 2007 HBO film, entitled Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, features American Indian actor Adam Beach as Eastman.