Michael Fitzgerald has captured the essence of Charles Eastman's writings, focusing on selections from his four best books…Eastman's words provide his important views regarding Indian and white relations.
Fort Hayes State University
Light on the Indian World is a fascinating, engaging, informative and memorable addition to personal, academic, and community library Native American Studies supplemental reading lists and academic reference collections. Five Stars.(highest rating)
Light on the Indian World is the only modern collection of Eastman's most important writings, and Fitzgerald edited it with a careful attention to the complex deployments Eastman make of his various identities as well as a sympathetic ear to Eastman's voice, aspirations, and frustrations.
University of New Mexico
A powerful and eye-opening look at the Native American life… This is a fascinating book; it will not only teach readers about the lost civilization of Native Americans, it will also instill in them respect and awe for the entire Indian race.
In the process of bridging the gap between the traditional Indian world of his youth and the white world of his adult life,Ohiyesa (Charles Eastman managed to preserve the teachings of his forefathers; lessons today's world needs and thirsts for. It is a small miracle that these important spiritual teachings have been preserved for us.
In its efforts to include American Indians in the 'melting pot,' the United States Government nearly destroyed a way of life. Much of what we learn about American Indian spirituality today must be interpreted through the often imperfect efforts of non-Indians. Learning from Ohiyesa (Charles Eastman is learning from the source).
Light on the Indian World gives first-person narrative to the life of the Dakota,as if you had been there. Eastman's voice is unfettered by the bias of 'hindsight' or values-laden from other times or faiths. This work is a gift of major proportion to a world in need of gifts,especially those spiritual.