Wigwam Evenings: Sioux Tales Retold

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"Charles Eastman, in collaboration with his wife, Elaine Goodale Eastman, has assembled in this collection a composite, condensed sampling of his tribe’s values, and presents them in a language that is at once direct and engaging. To say these allegories are ‘wise’ begs the question; they are the distilled conclusions of generations upon generations of Plains society and point to the essence of what it is to be a decent, thoughtful, respectable human being—a Sioux Tao told in prose a child of any culture, of...
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Overview

"Charles Eastman, in collaboration with his wife, Elaine Goodale Eastman, has assembled in this collection a composite, condensed sampling of his tribe’s values, and presents them in a language that is at once direct and engaging. To say these allegories are ‘wise’ begs the question; they are the distilled conclusions of generations upon generations of Plains society and point to the essence of what it is to be a decent, thoughtful, respectable human being—a Sioux Tao told in prose a child of any culture, of any time, can comprehend."

Charles A. Eastman (Ohiyesa) (1858-1939) was a mixed-blood Sioux who became one of the best-known Indians of his time. He earned a bachelor's degree from Dartmouth and a medical degree from Boston University. From his first appointment as a physician at Pine Ridge Agency; where he witnessed the events that culminated in the Wounded Knee massacre, he sought to bring understanding between Native and non-Native Americans. He wrote eleven books, some, such as Sister to the Sioux (also available as a Bison Book), in collaboration with Elaine Goodale Eastman. His From the Deep Woods to Civilization: Chapters in the Autobiography of an Indian, Indian Boyhood, Indian Heroes and Great Chieftains, Old Indian Days, and The Soul of the Indian: An Interpretation are all available as Bison Books.

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Reprint of the Little, Brown edition of 1909. The original preface has been deleted from this edition while a brief introduction is added. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803267176
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/1990
  • Pages: 266
  • Lexile: 1110L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Table of Contents

1 The Buffalo and the Field-mouse 1
2 The Frogs and the Crane 15
3 The Eagle and the Beaver 25
4 The War Party 31
5 The Falcon and the Duck 39
6 The Raccoon and the Bee-tree 49
7 The Badger and the Bear 61
8 The Good-luck Token 71
9 Unktomee and his Bundle of Songs 79
10 Unktomee and the Elk 89
11 The Festival of the Little People 99
12 Eya the Devourer 107
13 The Wars of Wa - Kee - Yan and Unk- Tay- Hee 115
14 The Little Boy Man 123
15 The Return of the Little Boy Man 131
16 The First Battle 139
17 The Beloved of the Sun 147
18 Wood - Chopper and Berry - picker 155
19 The Son - in- law 165
20 The Comrades 175
21 The Laugh - maker 185
22 The Runaways 193
23 The Girl who Married the Star 203
24 North Wind and Star Boy 211
25 The Ten Virgins 221
26 The Magic Arrows 231
27 The Ghost - Wife 243
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