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Prison Writings: My Life Is My Sun Dance [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

Harvey Arden , Leonard F. Peltier , Chief Arvol Looking Horse
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Juni 2000
Edited by Harvey Arden, with an Introduction by Chief Arvol Looking Horse, and a Preface by former Attorney General Ramsey Clark. In 1977, Leonard Peltier received a life sentence for the murder of two FBI agents. He has affirmed his innocence ever since--his case was made fully and famously in Peter Matthiessen's bestselling "In the Spirit of Crazy Horse"--and many remain convinced he was wrongly convicted. This wise and unsettling book, both memoir and manifesto, chronicles his life in Leavenworth Prison in Kansas. Invoking the Sun Dance, in which pain leads one to a transcendent reality, Peltier explores his suffering and the insights it has borne him. He also locates his experience within the history of the American Indian peoples and their struggles to overcome the federal government's injustices.

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  • Taschenbuch: 272 Seiten
  • Verlag: Griffin (Juni 2000)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0312263805
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312263805
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 23,5 x 12,9 x 1,9 cm
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Incarcerated for the last twenty-four years, the Native American activist shares his life story, as well as philosophical views on prison and how it has affected him. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.


"A deeply moving and very disturbing story of a gross miscarriage of justice and an eloquent cri de coeur of Native Americans for redress, and to be regarded as human beings with inalienable rights guaranteed under the United States Constitution, like any other citizens. We pray it does not fall on deaf ears. America owes it to herself." --Archbishop Desmond M. Tutu, Nobel Peace Laureate

"For too long, both Leonard's supporters and detractors have seen him as a metaphor, as a public figure worthy of political rallies and bumper stickers, but very rarely as a private man who only wants to go home. I pray this book will bring Leonard home." --Sherman Alexie, author of Indian Killer

"It would be inadequate to describe Leonard Peltier's Prison Writings as a classic of prison literature, although it is that. It is also a cry for help, an accusation against monstrous injustice, a beautiful expression of a man's soul, demanding release." --Howard Zinn, author of --A People's History of the United States

"Listen to this fresh, brave voice, then inform yourself about the shameful case of Leonard Peltier." --Peter Matthiessen, author of In the Spirit of Crazy Horse

"This book takes the reader on an emotional and spiritual journey as Leonard Peltier's surprisingly hopeful reflections make the terrible injustice of his imprisonment for 24 years even more difficult to accept. Peltier's important journal details his trial and conviction which was based in part on admittedly false testimony and evidence so inconclusive that reasonable people everywhere have concluded that he should be granted clemency." --Wilma Mankiller, former chief of the Cherokee Nation, and author of Mankiller

"Leonard Peltier's words reveal a wise man who has become freer than his captors, despite his false imprisonment for a crime he did not commit. His thoughts here remind us of our true mission as Indian people, as human beings here on this humble, beautiful planet. These thoughts cannot be captured or locked behind bars, or destroyed by gunfire. They fly free." --Joy Harjo, Muskoke poet and musician, author of The Woman Who Fell From the Sky

ql"If you care about justice, read this brave book. If you care about the perpetuation of the white man's justice against the Native American, you must know the Leonard Peltier story." --Gerry Spence, author of Give Me Liberty!

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5.0 von 5 Sternen FREEDOM NOW 17. Februar 2000
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I haven't been able to get Leonard Peltier or his case out of my mind since reading his book. I feel committed to taking personal steps towards getting him freed, but it's hard to figure out what hasn't already been tried and stomped on by the establishment. I think the reason that the establishment refuses to use common sense or simple human decency regarding this case, is that to acknowledge the horrible crime that has been committed against this brave man is to acknowledge the fact that the words that this country was founded on are still, as they have been from the start, a great white lie. The task, it seems, is to break down the barriers of the establishment and get them to acknowledge simple truth.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A reminder of the continuing American Holocaust 21. August 1999
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When I first read Peter Matthiessen's book "In the Spirit of Crazy Horse", my outrage at the multitude of wrongs to which Leonard Peltier has been subjected kept me up several sleepless nights. After reading "Prison Writings: My Life is My Sun Dance", those emotions boiled over - I burned Peltier's prison number #89637-132 into an upside-down American Flag which I display not with pride, but sadness and protest. The only reason this innocent man remains incarcerated is that his tale is an embarrassment to a country that prides itself upon securing and protecting human rights and justice. Lately there has been a resurgent interest in Americans coming to grips with the innumerable wrongs our ancestors have committed against Native Americans. However, many fail to see that blatant problems continue to exist right here, right now, today, and everyday. Peltier's writings are a reminder to us all that we cannot merely apologize for the past. We must do something to correct those mistakes now and in the future.
As a medical student, hearing Leonard describe the inhumane treatment of his medical problems is abhorable. This man may very well die in jail, before President Clinton or a parole board finally grant him his freedom. I cannot say that reading his words will make your blood pressure rise like mine, but I can assure you that it will change your life. With open eyes, then you can decide whether to continue to sit silently by or speak out for the rights of a man whose jaw is nearly frozen shut.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Unforgettable and compassionate 7. Juni 2000
Leonard Peltier, a Native American prisoner, paints a picture of his life in the "iron lodge", and gives us a window in to his soul. He is at times angry, mystical, and compassionate, and the images he presents are so real you can almost see and feel them for yourself. I have studied this case for many years and I say now more than ever: Free Leonard Peltier, and free him NOW.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Proufoundingly bizarre book. 5. Juni 2000
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Reading about the possibilites of a possible second American Revolution in the late 1960's, with America's cities burning and just basically complete chaos in the whole of America, a person such as myself just winces at the lost opportunities. Organizations such as the Black Panther Party had a coherent ideology that was presented in manifestos such as the "Black Panthers Speak", and "Soul on Ice". But other organizations such as The American Indian Movement, had no ideology, no fancy manifestoes to publish, and basically no purposes for organized resistance, except for the fact several million of their ancestors were slayed whether through senseless murder, like the widely doucmented massacre of hundreds of civilians at wounded knee, or Diseases, which is clearly the main reason millions of natives died meaningless deaths.
Nowhere is the strong sense of nationalism that is prevalent in the native american community made more clearer than in Peltier's prison novel. In it, he doesn't describe his transformation into a fascist or a Marxist(activities that Hitler described in Mein Kampf, and Cleaver describes in Soul on Ice), Peltier actually describes the plight of the Native American in comtemperary America. Although 95% of their race were decimated by white immigrants, they still participate in rituals that were started centuries ago, such as Pow Wows, Sun Dancing, and even Stick Gaming, heck, many of them even still speak their native language. Peltier even describes his participation with other inmates of Leavenworth in a monthly religious ritual. The most harrowing part of Peltier's book, is his description of the events surrounding his arrest and persecution by the US government.
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Having myself been at one time a skeptic of Peltier's fantastic claims, I became convinced of his innocence after poring over the considerable & incontrovertible evidence that clearly proves this man is a victim of political repression. But this book is only secondarily about how Peltier was purposely made a scapegoat by an out-of-control, Gestapo-esque FBI, and by a few unscrupulous scoundrels within Department of Justice [sic]. (That astonshing, disturbing history has been recounted elsewhere, e.g., "In the Spirit of Crazy Horse" or "Agents of Repression".)
Instead, in "Prison Writings" Peltier focuses more on the continuing historical struggle of his people to be treated with dignity and equality; offers insights into the realities of contemporary Indian existence beyond the sham portrayals in popular culture; and shows how his perceptions and opinions have been molded by his own experiences, from childhood to the starkness of prison life.
To be honest, I had not expected Peltier's book to be so well written, profound, and powerful; after all, Peltier's involvement with the American Indian Movement was not that of a fiery public speaker, decision-maker, or clever stager of outrageous stunts for the media (like some of AIM's leaders). Instead, Peltier's work with AIM was characterized by his preference to quietly perform the unglamorous yet neccessary tasks to serve his people (e.g., hauling water to homes with no plumbing, making home repairs, babysitting, fixing cars, chastising teenagers to be abstinent from alcohol and drugs, chopping firewood, etc).
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Prison Writings By Leonard Peltier
This book is a sad but true story of the hardships that many American Indians haved faced throughout the years. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 22. Juni 2000 von Talking Leaves Native American Bookstore
1.0 von 5 Sternen If You Believe In The Tooth Fairy, This Book Is For You
Leafing through Leonard Peltier's "new" book of prison "writings," I found the same truths stretched, the same "ominous government conspiracy," and... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 20. April 2000 von fredric a maxwell
5.0 von 5 Sternen Leonard speaks for a large chorus.
This anthem of a book comes from the throats of thousands and thousands of wrongfully imprisoned people. I am a criminal defense attorney. I know. And now you know too. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 31. Januar 2000 veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen Humanrightsabuse-imprisonment of Leonard Pelltier
Somehow, despite being an activist, I managed to shove concerns of who Leonard Pelltier was to the back shelves of my mind. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 15. Januar 2000 von Esther Bradley-DeTally
5.0 von 5 Sternen Humanrightsabuse-imprisonment of Leonard Pelltier
Somehow, despite being an activist, I managed to shove concerns of who Leonard Pelltier was to the back shelves of my mind. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 15. Januar 2000 von Esther Bradley-DeTally
5.0 von 5 Sternen LOST TIME
I am a young cousin of Leonard Peltier who has never been able to physically meet him due to his injust incarceration. I could not read this book very long without crying. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 7. Dezember 1999 von nativeresistance@hotmail.com
5.0 von 5 Sternen Stirring...a must read if you have any compassion
This well written book not only makes you have more compassion for Leonard Peltier, it also boils the blood to know he is still incarcerated for a wrong he has not committed. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 26. November 1999 von Brad Dupre
5.0 von 5 Sternen Justice for Leonard is Way Overdue
It would be nice to hear from President Bill Clinton why he refuses to act on Leonard Peltier's release from prison. If this book presents the true case of Mr. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 10. November 1999 von Bill Emblom
5.0 von 5 Sternen I couldnt put Leonard's book down!
A very touching story. I work at a small community college and after reading My Life is My Sundance, I purchased a book for our college library. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 19. Oktober 1999 von Livia Millard
5.0 von 5 Sternen An emotional account of Peltier's struggle
I started reading this book last night (September 9, 1999) and nearly made it all the way through. I finished it today at work during my breaks and lunch. It is that powerful. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 10. September 1999 veröffentlicht
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