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Indian Boyhood

By Eastman, Charles Alexander

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Book Id: WPLBN0000154067
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Reproduction Date: 2005
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Title: Indian Boyhood  
Author: Eastman, Charles Alexander
Language: English
Subject: Literature, Literature & thought, Writing.
Collections: Classic Literature Collection
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WHAT boy would not be an Indian for a while when he thinks of the freest life in the world? This life was mine. Every day there was a real hunt. There was real game. Occasionally there was a medicine dance away off in the woods where no one could disturb us, in which the boys impersonated their elders, Brave Bull, Standing Elk, High Hawk, Medicine Bear, and the rest. They painted and imitated their fathers and grandfathers to the minutest detail, and accurately too, because they had seen the real thing all their lives. We were not only good mimics but we were close students of nature. We studied the habits of animals just as you study your books. We watched the men of our people and represented them in our play; then learned to emulate them in our lives. No people have a better use of their five senses than the children of the wilderness. We could smell as well as hear and see. We could feel and taste as well as we could see and hear. Nowhere has the memory been more fully developed than in the wild life, and I can still see wherein I owe much to my early training.

Table of Contents
· I. Earliest Recollections · I: Hadakah, The Pitiful Last · II: Early Hardships · III: My Indian Grandmother · IV: An Indian Sugar Camp · II. An Indian Boy's Training · III. My Plays and Playmates · I: Games and Sports · II: My Playmates · III: The Boy Hunter · IV. Hakadah's First Offering · V. Family Traditions · I: A Visit to Smoky Day · II: The Stone Boy · VI. Evening in the Lodge · I: Evening in the Lodge · II: Adventures of My Uncle · VII. The End of the Bear Dance · VIII. The Maidens' Feast · IX. More Legends · I: A Legend of Devil's Lake · II: Manitoshaw's Hunting · X. Indian Life and Adventure · I: Life in the Woods · II: A Winter Camp


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