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Living in Two Worlds: The American Indian Experience (Library of Perennial Philosophy. American Indian Traditions Series) [Kindle Edition]

Charles Eastman , Michael Oren Fitzgerald , James Trosper

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This beautifully illustrated book presents a vivid account of the American Indian experience as seen through the eyes of Charles Eastman (Ohiyesa), the first and greatest of the Native American authors. The importance of Eastman's life story was reiterated for a new generation when the 2007 HBO film entitled Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee used Eastman, played by Adam Beach, as its leading hero.

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Charles Alexander Eastman (Ohiyesa) published eleven books from 1902 until 1918. He died in 1939. Michael Oren Fitzgerald is editor of numerous award-winning titles including Indian Spirit: and The Spirit of Indian Women.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 8496 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 224 Seiten
  • Verlag: World Wisdom; Auflage: Ill (16. Dezember 2009)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B004YW6M0W
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Living in Two Worlds 1. Mai 2010
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Charles Ohiyesa Eastman (1858-1939) stood in two worlds, born in a buffalo-hide tipi and raised in the traditions of the Sioux, he was sent to the white man's boarding school and later to college in which he excelled only to return to the Plains as a doctor during the tumultuous and shameful relocation of the Plains Indians to reservations. As providence would have it Ohiyesa held a dual-citizenship in both worlds and was able to act as something of a translator, teaching the white man about the world-view of the Indian and the Indian about the white man.
In his diplomatic function as an Indian trained in the white man's ways Ohiyesa wasn't at all an uncritical advocate, but understood his function, the dire circumstances of his people and the challenges they faced. He did recognize that for the American Indian there was no alternative but to adapt and to take what was agreeable to the needs of the Indians from the whites while not betraying themselves and their traditions. "I stand before my own people still as an advocate of civilization. Why? First, because there is no chance for our former simple life anymore; and second, because I realize that the white man's religion is not responsible for his mistakes... I am an Indian; and while I have learned much from civilization, for which I am grateful, I have never lost my sense of right and justice. I am for development and progress along social and material lines, rather than those of commerce, nationalism, or material efficiency. Nevertheless, as long as I live, I am an American." [p. 158]
Ohiyesa was a convert to Christianity, but he doesn't write about what his practice consisted of, whether or not he blended his Christianity with the Sacred Pipe religion as some did or not, but he does write: "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." [p. 162-63] His sublime reflections on the Indian religion and their "native philosophy", contained in the third section of the book, waxes poetical and even mystical. For this reviewer it was the most compelling part of the narrative since it stands as an Indian's own testament to the religion he received, which carries infinity more weight than what the anthropologists of his day testified to. His musing on communion with the natural order and the Great Spirit are arresting and his understanding of the underlying spiritual order easily rivals the great mystics from the better known world religions. "There were no temples or shrines among us save those of nature. Being a natural man, the Indian was intensely poetical. He would deem it sacrilege to build a house for Him who may be met face to face in the mysterious aisles of the primeval forest, or on the sunlit bosom of virgin prairies, upon dizzying spires and pinnacles of naked rock, and yonder in the jeweled vault of the night sky. He who enrobes Himself in the flimsy veils of cloud, there on the rim of the visible world where our Great-Grandfather Sun kindles his evening camp-fire, He who rides upon the rigorous wind of the north, or breathes forth His spirit upon aromatic southern airs, whose war-canoe is launched upon majestic rivers and inland seas--He needs no lesser cathedral!" [p. 160] The "one inevitable duty" of the Indian, according to Ohiyesa, was prayer. "His daily devotions were more necessary to him than daily food. He wakes at daybreak, puts on his moccasins and steps down to the waters edge. Here he throws handfuls of clear water into his face, or plunges in bodily. After the bath, he stands erect before the advancing dawn, facing the sun as it dances upon the horizon, and offers his unspoken orison... Each soul must meet the morning sun, the new sweet earth, and the Great Silence alone!" [p. 163]
The work itself is a compilation from the five books written by Ohiyesa, broken down into several sections. It follows the form of a general autobiography, but the editor inserted selections from his other writings to supplement the text of the biography and to bring the Indian world into greater perspective. There is also a running history lesson throughout, which will undoubtedly provoke some readers to fuller historical accounts and a deeper consideration of their sociopolitical and spiritual ramifications. One is also treated to many captivating photographs of the traditional Indian: their austere, chiseled and stoic faces expressing all the gravity and dignity of a people still conscious of the Great Mystery. A special word of praise for the editor Michael Fitzgerald: It was a pleasure to learn that royalties generated from the sale of this work go directly to the support of the Sun Dances of the Plains tribes--not to reservation bureaucracy--and the facilitation of additional copies of the book itself for donation to American Indian readers.
Lastly, "Living in Two Worlds" could be taken as an analogy with respect to those of us who attempt to live the spiritual life according to traditional orthodoxy; one finds oneself isolated, impoverished, and scorned by an ever expanding, engrossing, and spiritually paralyzing "civilization". There are no easy answers to this problem, nor does it look like the situation will improve in the foreseeable future. There are however compensations, small communities here and there, reservations in the quasi-metaphorical sense, wherein the one inevitable duty can be carried out to its end. With respect to Ohiyesa's writings we concur with Michael Fitzgerald that "his views are as thought-provoking today as they were one hundred years ago," [p. xiii] and we would only add that his magisterial writings and his nobly lived life testify to the quality of soul that constitute the American Indians in general.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A powerful ingathering of knowledge and wisdom 10. März 2010
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"Living in Two Worlds, The American Indian Experience" is a balanced edition focused on bicultural experiences of American Indians, containing extended excerpts from a number of Eastman's 11 published books in addition to writings of other Indian voices, famous American Indian leaders up to the present day who are in the "Contemporary Indian Voices" chapter of "Living in Two Worlds." The first four chapters deal with views of American Indian philosophy through examination of the life and writings of Eastman. The fifth chapter on "Contemporary Indian Voices" consists of transcripts of interviews conducted by the editor over a period of 20 years. They add to the information shared by Eastman about "living in two worlds." the final chapter is number VI, "Historical Timeline," which gives a "chronological outline of selected key events in four centuries of the American Indian experience of United States history, including all of the important circumstances in Eastman's narrative and events after 1915 (p.xi)." Both sepia- toned and colored photographs of American Indians in history and modernity stud the edition. An appendix contains a list of additional free supplementary study materials and biographical notes of other Indian voices plus a note on Eastman's bibliography. A handy map of Indian Reserbations in the Continental United States presents complete, condensed information and adds the concept that Indian reservations form part of a "cultural mosaic," with additional questions to be considered about that concept. "Living in Two Worlds" is an amazing achievement, a powerful ingathering of knowledge and wisdom, and a significant offering to the growing field of Native American cultural studies and history.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen FASCINATING BOOK! 22. April 2010
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I could not put this down in the library! This is a treasure.
Many fine pictures and all kinds of detailed essays and stories.
Also insights on the roles of men and women in N.A. society.
I thought of my dreams of past lives as Native American. (See Harold Klemp's books to get more clear on past lives?)
I may find a way to integrate this into my college courses on writing....
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Excellent book, excellent condition 12. Mai 2013
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This is the most readable and comprehensive history of Native Americans that I have yet come across. The photos and illustrations are amazing! The prose is beautiful. The source is possibly the most key individual of the most pivotal period in Native American life, who had access to both the Indian world (where he grew up) and the upper classes of the white world, where he excelled. I have not yet completed reading the book, but it is already a treasure of my library.
5.0 von 5 Sternen EASTMAN'S LIVING IN TWO WORLD 4. Januar 2014
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