Land of the Spotted Eagle

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Filled with personal stories, Standing Bear writes about child rearing and family; social, spiritual and political organization; and what it is to be human.

 

 

On returning to the Pine Ridge Agency after a 16-year absence, Standing Bear, dismayed at the impoverishment of his people, set out to tell the white people “just how we lived as Lakotans.” “We did not think of the great open plains,” he wrote, “the beautiful rolling hills, the winding streams with tangled growth, as ‘wild.’ Only to the white man was nature a ‘wilderness’ and only to him was land ‘infested’ with ‘wild’ animals and ‘savage’ people. To us it was tame. Earth was bountiful and we were surrounded with the blessings of the Great Mystery. Not until the hairy man from the east came and with brutal frenzy heaped injustices upon us and the families we loved was it ‘wild’ for us. When the very animals of the forest began fleeing from his approach, then it was that for us the ‘Wild West’ began.”

 

Filled with personal stories, Standing Bear writes about child rearing and the family; social, spiritual and political organization; and what it is to be human.

 

 


Author: Luther Standing Bear (Oglala)

Binding Availability: Paperback

Published: (1933) 1978

Tribes/Ethnic Groups: Lakota