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The Soul of the Indian

By: Charles Alexander Eastman
Narrated by: Scott Peterson
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Publisher's Summary

Charles Alexander Eastman (1858-1939), an educated and well-known Sioux, saw both sides of the great divide between Indians and whites, and he wrote 11 books attempting to reconcile the two cultures. This book is his illumination of Indian spiritual beliefs and practices. A convert to Christianity, Eastman never lost his sense of the wholeness and beauty of the Indian's relation to his existence and to the natural world. Part history and part reminiscence, told in very personal terms, and coupled with seven folk tales, this book treats the listener to a good look at the ethics and morality of a culture that so few people know about.
©2003 Charles Alexander Eastman (P)2002 Blackstone Audiobooks
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This should be on any 'must read' list

The first half is very enlightening for adults, it reveals much of ancient indian spirituality. The second half is lots of fun for adults and children, being a set of enjoyable native american fables.
Absolutely excellent.

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An insider's account

This is a short, matter-of-fact account of "the Indian way of life", as told by a real Native American who eventually assimilated into white culture.

He explains that it is against the Indian's nature to reveal his spiritual ideas to outsiders, and this is what makes this book so valuable.

Particularly interesting is a chapter in which Eastman details the supposed "magic" which some Indians allegedly possess.

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well read and

good information for those who want to know more about native indians their folklore. i think this is for all ages.

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Should be required reading

Listening to these teachings added to my understanding that were are more alike than we are lead to believe despite what we are taught about religious differences .

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Must read

Any student of American history should read this book. By all accounts, Eastman was a gentleman, scholar, and a man truly walking in two worlds.

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Wonderful

This is a very good 📖 book I enjoyed the narration also. I love hearing the Native American traditions and stories.

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Good book.

It was exciting to get a chance to understand the religious views of the Dakota Native Americans.

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  • 06-11-22

Insightful and inspirational

This book shows that we can learn a lot from native Americans about relationships, religion and being close to nature and animals. The white man did a lot of damage to their way of living and beliefs but I hope it’s not unsalvageable. I’m truly inspired.

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Great listen

I really loved listening to these stories, I especially loved how they were told from the view of an actual Native American. Highly suggest listening!

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Great teacher

I will listen again I am sure. highly recommend many lessons. traditional BELIEFS love them

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Soulful

Enjoyed hearing the words of Alexander Eastman and capture that what was happening then in society is still happening today