Storyteller, rebel, medicine man, Lame Deer was born almost a century ago on the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota. A full-blooded Sioux, he was many things in the white man's world rodeo clown, painter, prisioner. But, above all, he was a holy man of the Lakota tribe.
Seeker of Vision
The story he tells is one of harsh youth and reckless manhood, shotgun marriage and divorce, history and folklore as rich today as ever and of his fierce struggle to keep pride alive, though living as a stranger in his own ancestral land.
|Publisher:||Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I found this a very good read. It started out a little crazy but I guess he is honestly reliving his life to the author. Richard Erdoes gains the trust of the tribe and does a great job keeping that trust and bringing the reader into the circle. I highly suggest this book for anyone interested in the Indian way.
I loved this book!! It was required reading in my English 1 class, and I'm glad it was. The emotions I felt reading about this man's life were so strong: I laughed, cried, and got so damn angry over what this man and his people(ALL Native Americans!)have had to go through! This book is truly a moving and awe-inspiring piece! A must read!
John Lame Deer lived an amazing and inspiring life. Not only was he a criminal, drunkard, and 'peyoter,' but he was also a cop and ended up as a medicine man. The common theme of change present through out the novel captures a dream lost in the lives of many men. The dream to live according to the heart and the land and have a daring yet amazing time doing it. Not only does John Lame Deer illustrate entertaining personal heartfelt stories about his life, but he also gives a strong background of the Sioux Indian culture. Also involved in the book is a humorous undertone. The autobiography has impacted my life and should be read by anyone who both appreciates good literature as well as culture.