They Called Me Uncivilizedby Walter Littlemoon
Walter Littlemoon's memoir, They Called Me Uncivilized, is a call to awareness from within the heart of Wounded Knee. In telling his story, Littlemoon describes the impact federal Indian policies have had on his life and on the history of his family. He gives a rare view into the cruelty inflicted on generations of Native American children through the/i>… See more details below
Walter Littlemoon's memoir, They Called Me Uncivilized, is a call to awareness from within the heart of Wounded Knee. In telling his story, Littlemoon describes the impact federal Indian policies have had on his life and on the history of his family. He gives a rare view into the cruelty inflicted on generations of Native American children through the implementation of U.S. government boarding schools, which resulted in a muted truth, called Soul Wound by some. In addition, and for the first time, his narrative provides a resident's view of the 1973 militant Occupation of Wounded Knee and the lasting impact that takeover has had on his community. His path toward a sense of peace and contentment is one he hopes others will follow. Remembering and telling the truth about traumatic events are prerequisites for healing.
Many books have been written by scholars describing one aspect or another of Native American life, their history, their spirituality, the 1973 occupation, and a few have tried to describe the boarding schools. None have connected the dots. Until the language of the everyday man is used, scholarly words will shut out the people they describe and the pathology created by federal Indian policy will continue.
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should of wrote more we wee so damaged, thank God I remember and refused to let this control me, my life, or my future.
I saw Mr. Littlemoon's story on PBS and decided to order his book. I am in the process of reading it now and so far I am fascinated by his account of his life and his family's experiences at the hands of our federal government bureaucracy. Any constitutional government that tries to strip a native people of their history and ways of life by trying to erase it is betraying the democratic principles on which they are based. Mr. Littlemoon tells his story with honesty, humility and a reaffirmation of his belief in his "Lakota ways".