My Indian Boyhood

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Although the traditional Sioux nation was in its last days when Luther Standing Bear was born in the 1860s, he was raised in the ancestral manner to be a successful hunter and warrior and a respectful and productive member of Sioux society. Known as Plenty Kill, young Standing Bear belonged to the Western Sioux tribe that inhabited present-day North and South Dakota. In My Indian Boyhood he describes the home life and education of Indian children. Like other boys, he played with toy bows and arrows in the tipi ...
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Overview


Although the traditional Sioux nation was in its last days when Luther Standing Bear was born in the 1860s, he was raised in the ancestral manner to be a successful hunter and warrior and a respectful and productive member of Sioux society. Known as Plenty Kill, young Standing Bear belonged to the Western Sioux tribe that inhabited present-day North and South Dakota. In My Indian Boyhood he describes the home life and education of Indian children. Like other boys, he played with toy bows and arrows in the tipi before learning to make and use them and became schooled in the ways of animals and in the properties of plants and herbs. His life would be very different from that of his ancestors, but he was not denied the excitement of killing his first buffalo before leaving to attend the Carlisle Indian School in Pennsylvania.
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Editorial Reviews

Saturday Review of Literature

"The book is replete with information. Standing Bear details many native beliefs and interpretations, as well as the symbolism, of the things of nature that guided the very lives of the Lakota, and makes lucid many conceptions that white people have usually regarded as mere superstition because not understood."—Saturday Review of Literature
Saturday Review of Literature
"The book is replete with information. Standing Bear details many native beliefs and interpretations, as well as the symbolism, of the things of nature that guided the very lives of the Lakota, and makes lucid many conceptions that white people have usually regarded as mere superstition because not understood."—Saturday Review of Literature
Children's Literature - Kathryn Erskine
Originally published in 1931 to explain Indian life to American children, this new edition has an introduction by Delphine Red Shirt, a Lakota woman and established author in her own right. She gives some history of the life of Ota K'te, the Lakota name of Luther Standing Bear, and provides some context for the story. The text itself, written in a storytelling, conversational style, is quiet and will require some patience from younger readers. Perhaps best read aloud to children, it is chock-full of information about his boyhood and the way of life of his people at the end of the 1800s. All of the elements of a boy's life are covered, including family, play, learning to use a bow and arrow, learning to ride a pony, hunting, fishing, and even killing a buffalo. Other cultural information, such as choosing a new chief, and the work of medicine men is also related. This is a valuable addition to America's, and the world's, body of literature.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803293342
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 198
  • Sales rank: 709,872
  • Lexile: 1050L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author


Luther Standing Bear is the author of Stories of the Sioux, My People the Sioux, and Land of the Spotted Eagle (all available in Bison Books editions).

Delphine Red Shirt is a member of the Oglala Sioux tribe and the author of Turtle Lung Woman's Granddaughter and Bead on an Anthill: A Lakota Childhood, both available in Bison Books editions.

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