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Where White Men Fear to Tread: The Autobiography of Russell Means
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Where White Men Fear to Tread, the autobiography of American Indian Movement founder and activist Russell Means, is perhaps the most brutal life story one will ever read. From a youth steeped in the degredation of racial discrimination, poverty, violence and displacement, Means finds redemption and purpose channeling his intellect and great personal strength in fighting for preservation of the rights and culture of American Indians everywhere.
You may not like him or his tactics (often-times violent protest, the occupation of Alcatraz Island and Mount Rushmore, the siege at Wounded Knee, the seizing of BIA offices, etc.), but Means is likely untroubled by that - and for damn good reason: he's had plenty of exposure to white European culture and concludes his people have little benefitted. He may not share many readers' "values", but that is because Means is pure Lakota in heart and mind - and no apologies are forthcoming. But that Russell Means is a deeply spiritual man cannot be questioned, no more than his courage denied.
Against the backdrop of the "placid" 1950's, turbulent 60's & 70's, and into today, Means' causes include the bitter struggle against the incompetent and corrupt Bureau of Indian Affairs, self-determination for the people of Pine Ridge, legal redress for repeated violation of treaty rights, destruction of the environment, and more. All have been fought at great personal cost: beatings, jailings, multiple attempts on his life, loss of friends and family - all described in heart-wrenching detail. Hard reading that is not for the meek, but then the fight againt racial injustice has never been the domain of moderates.
Some great persons are recognized as such in their time: Ghandi, Martin Luther King, and Nelson Mandela instantly come to mind. Others' greatness is revealed only through time. Russell Means' work on behalf of the Lakota, indeed all American Indians (North, Central, and South), is ultimately work on behalf of all who strive for dignity in the face crushing poverty, discrimination, and voicelessness. Means' life story is a struggle and (perhaps soon?) victory worth knowing, and this reviewer is glad he told it.
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am 12. September 1999
Mr Means has been on a journey most of us white bread types would not attempt even if we had to. His auto biography is candid, sincere and an inspiration!!! Like or dislike his politics, his mistakes or triumphs -- this is a man that is a Human being to the bone and lives and learns as we all do. Fortunately or unfortunately , being an "Indian" human being has colored his world and showed him the worst side of humanity, but also shown him the best we humans have to offer. This is a man I admire and respect greatly. He is a good man that loves this earth and his people -- a true patriot for his people. (And in my mind a patriot for the human race) Hoka Hey!! Russell!!! (a must read for any one that 'thinks' they 'know' what the American Indian faces in this society. As Vine Deloria implied, in "Custer Died for Your Sins" ...."we who think we 'Understand" Indians...by a trip through Arizona, watching a documentary or having known one or read a BOOK 'about them!" For some of us that is what fires our couriosity and admiration, but Mr. Means tells you the reality of being an American Indian in the United states of america during his life time. Again Russell--Hoka hey--
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Where White Men Fear to Tread, the autobiography of American Indian Movement founder and activist Russell Means, is perhaps the most brutal life story one will ever read. From a youth steeped in the degredation of racial discrimination, poverty, violence and displacement, Means finds redemption and purpose channeling his intellect and great personal strength in fighting for preservation of the rights and culture of American Indians everywhere.
You may not like him or his tactics (often-times violent protest, the occupation of Alcatraz Island and Mount Rushmore, the siege at Wounded Knee, the seizing of BIA offices, etc.), but Means is likely untroubled by that - and for damn good reason: he's had plenty of exposure to white European culture and concludes his people have little benefitted. He may not share many readers' "values", but that is because Means is pure Lakota in heart and mind - and no apologies are forthcoming. But that Russell Means is a deeply spiritual man cannot be questioned, no more than his courage denied.
Against the backdrop of the "placid" 1950's, turbulent 60's & 70's, and into today, Means' causes include the bitter struggle against the incompetent and corrupt Bureau of Indian Affairs, self-determination for the people of Pine Ridge, legal redress for repeated violation of treaty rights, destruction of the environment, and more. All have been fought at great personal cost: beatings, jailings, multiple attempts on his life, loss of friends and family - all described in heart-wrenching detail. Hard reading that is not for the meek, but then the fight against racial injustice has never been the domain of moderates.
Some great persons are recognized as such in their time: Ghandi, Martin Luther King, Mother Theresa, and Nelson Mandela instantly come to mind. Others' greatness is revealed only through time. Russell Means' work on behalf of the Lakota, indeed all American Indians (North, Central, and South), is ultimately work on behalf of all who strive for dignity in the face crushing poverty, discrimination, and voicelessness. Means' life story is a struggle and (perhaps soon?) victory worth knowing, and this reviewer is glad he told it.
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am 5. Mai 1999
This is a big, heavy book that carries a message equally substantial. For every textbook about Indians written by anthropologists there should be one that comes straight from Indian Country, written (told) by those whose experiences we do not hear about often enough. Credit goes to Russell Means here for telling a story that rings with authority, grit, and, finally, hope.
Yet it is not only a story: Means's many opinions about aspects of white society--and of his own--had me marking numerous pages for later reference. And his most famous speech, included in the book's appendix, is a razor-sharp indictment of the (European) worldview that has in many ways yet to earn a respectful place in this world. Ultimately this book is about just that: Respect. "Indians are dying of sympathy," Means says. "What we want is RESPECT."
WHERE WHITE MEN FEAR TO TREAD, though long, is never tedious, doesn't tip-toe, and continues to pull the reader along. This is an important book, and I hope its message--rough edges and all--makes an impact.
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am 9. März 2000
A man who overcomes his demons, a warrior and a humaniterian, a natural born leader with a sometimes bloody heart, but at the same time humble and forever devoted to his people - that's the stuff Heros are made of - but they don't come like this no more.....
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am 3. Juni 2000
If you want to understand the REAL HISTORY OF NATIVE AMERICANS READ IT FROM REAL NATIVE AMERICANS NOT FROM WHITE PEOPLE, OR FROM ANTHROPOLOGISTS WHO DON'T KNOW NOTIHNG! READ THIS BOOK AND YOU WILL LEARN ALOT ABOUT THE REAL HISTORY OF NATIVE AMERICANS , AIM, AND MOST OF ALL ABOUT RUSELL MEANS! THEY DON'T CALL HIM THE MOST DANGEROUS MAN IN AMERICA FOR NOTHING!
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am 18. Oktober 1999
Russell Means tells it like it was (and still is) for the average "Injun Joe".
Rush Limbaugh really ought to read the section on Columbus Day (before shooting his mouth off again about us Indians being "Colum-bashers").
This is one book every Christian missionary should read, as it gives abundant insight as to why their efforts to evangelize us "heathen savages" have failed miserably.
It is impossible and impractical to return America to its original inhabitants, but with what little we have left, the Indian shall live again.
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am 5. Mai 1999
Russel Means tells this gripping story honestly and truthfully. Even though at times, his opinions seem a little brash, one only has to read a few sentances more before finding clear justification. He tells of his amazing commitmant to the Lakota and all Indians, and his personal quest for spirituality and respect. An absouloutly amazing book that should be required reading for any student being fed lies about white history.
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am 16. Januar 2000
This book is a good source of education about the Natives of TODAY, their struggles of TODAY, and their victories of TODAY. The problem is, it's usually the people who need this sort of education the most who fail to seek it, let alone find it. It is an inspirational story and a must-read.
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am 13. März 1999
Russel Means has writen a powerful and provoking book about his life and the current plight of a people (Native American Indians and other indigenous peoples) that need thier indentiy preserved for thier own sake as much as for ours. He showed me that to lose thier song of life with all it's celebrations, joys, hardships and pain will damage the diversity of all people in our world. I hope many more people will buy and read this book and then pass it on to someone else so they may do the same. After reading his book I feel that I have meet him and have seen into his heart. I feel that it is true and good and what he wants for his people and for all people is for them to be free. Thanks Russel for your story and sharing your spirit that goes with it.
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