Dakota Philosopher: Charles Eastman and American Indian Thought

Dakota Philosopher: Charles Eastman and American Indian Thought

ISBN: 087351629X

ISBN 13: 9780873516297

Publication Date: January 15, 2009

Publisher: Minnesota Historical Society Press

Pages: 224

Format: Paperback

Author: David Martínez

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Charles Eastman straddled two worlds in his life and writing. The author of Indian Boyhood was raised in the traditional way after the 1862 U.S.-Dakota War. His father later persuaded him to study Christianity and attend medical school. But when Eastman served as a government doctor during the Wounded Knee massacre, he became disillusioned about Americans' capacity to live up to their own ideals.

While Eastman's contemporaries viewed him as "a great American and a true philosopher," Indian scholars have long dismissed Eastman's work as assimilationist. Now, for the first time, his philosophy as manifested in his writing is examined in detail. David Martinez explores Eastman's views on the U.S.-Dakota War, Dakota and Ojibwe relations, Dakota sacred history, and citizenship in the Progressive Era, claiming for him a long overdue place in America's intellectual pantheon.  

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