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Living in Two Worlds: The American Indian Experience
Living in Two Worlds: The American Indian Experience
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ISBN:  978-1-933316-76-5
Book Size:  8 × 10
# of Pages:  224
Language:  English



Summary

Living in Two Worlds is noted early Native American writer Charles Eastman’s (Ohiyesa) compelling story of embracing a life of traditional cultural ideals of his nomadic ancestors while living in the modern industrialized world. This book, edited by award-winning author Michael Fitzgerald, includes selections from five of Eastman’s most important books, but also nine interviews with contemporary Native leaders from diverse tribes, thus bringing Eastman’s narrative up to our current day. Filled with first-hand accounts, personal stories, interviews, timelines, maps, and over 275 stunning vintage photographs and paintings, this beautifully illustrated book presents a vivid account of the American Indian experience during the last four centuries.

 Click here to view a pdf (3.3 MB) with fully illustrated sample pages.

AWARDS

  • Winner in the “Multicultural Non-Fiction” category of The USA "Best Books 2011" Awards, sponsored by USA Book News
  • Winner of the ForeWord Book of the Year Gold Medal in the “Social Science” category; finalist in the “History” category
  • Winner of the Benjamin Franklin Gold Award for “Multicultural”
  • 3 Gold Midwest Book Awards for: “Culture”, “Interior Layout”, and “Color Cover”
  • 2 Silver Midwest Book Awards for: “History” and “Total Book Design”
  • Finalist in two categoris of The USA "Best Books 2011" Awards, sponsored by USA Book News:
    – “Best Interior Design” (designers: Susana Marin and
    Michael Fitzgerald)
    – “History: United States”

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Living in Two Worlds is the compelling story of the life of noted early Native American writer Charles Eastman’s (Ohiyesa), who embraced a life of the traditional cultural ideals of his nomadic ancestors while living in the modern industrialized world. The book is edited by award-winning author Michael Fitzgerald, and includes a foreword by Shoshone Medicine Man and Sun Dance chief James Trosper. It presents selections from five of Eastman’s most important books, but there are also nine recent interviews with contemporary Native leaders from diverse tribes, thus bringing Eastman’s narrative up to our current day. Filled with first-hand accounts, personal stories, interviews, timelines, maps, and over 275 stunning vintage photographs and paintings, this beautifully illustrated book presents a vivid account of the American Indian experience during the last four centuries.

Eastman (1858-1939) was the first and greatest of the Native American authors and the most widely celebrated spokesman of all Native Americans during the first decades of the twentieth century. His life’s story gained prominence when the 2007 HBO film entitled “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee” used Eastman, played by Adam Beach, as its leading hero. Born in a buffalo-hide tipi in 1858, Eastman was raised as a traditional Sioux Indian as a youth, but was catapulted into the dominant white society of his time, becoming a medical doctor who cared for wounded Indians after the 1890 massacre at Wounded Knee. He personally knew paragons of his race that included Red Cloud, Sitting Bull, and Chief Joseph. Ohiyesa also became a lobbyist in Washington, D.C. for the Sioux tribe.

This book is recommended for anyone who wants to understand the history and culture of the First Peoples, and is particularly valuable for its balance of the history of the struggle of Indian peoples with the comments of contemporary tribal elders and authorities.

 Click here to view a pdf (3.3 MB) with fully illustrated sample pages.

AWARDS

  • Winner in the “Multicultural Non-Fiction” category of The USA "Best Books 2011" Awards, sponsored by USA Book News
  • Winner of the ForeWord Book of the Year Gold Medal in the “Social Science” category; finalist in the “History” category
  • Winner of the Benjamin Franklin Gold Award for “Multicultural”
  • 3 Gold Midwest Book Awards for: “Culture”, “Interior Layout”, and “Color Cover”
  • 2 Silver Midwest Book Awards for: “History” and “Total Book Design”
  • Finalist in two categoris of The USA "Best Books 2011" Awards, sponsored by USA Book News:
    – “Best Interior Design” (designers: Susana Marin and
    Michael Fitzgerald)
    – “History: United States”


About the Author, the Editor, and the Contributor of the Foreword

Charles Eastman

Ohiyesa, also known as Charles Alexander Eastman, was the first great American Indian author, publishing 11 books from 1902 until 1918. In his later adult life he was the foremost Indian spokesman of his day and his contributions to our understanding of the American Indian philosophy and religion are so significant that at the 1933 Chicago World's Fair, Ohiyesa was presented a special medal honoring the most distinguished achievements by an American Indian.

World Wisdom has published The Essential Charles Eastman (Ohiyesa): Light on the Indian World, a selection of some of the best writings of Charles Eastman gathered from many of his books. Other materials on this web site include a slideshow, Who was Charles Eastman (Ohiyesa)? and a bibliography of Charles Eastman's 11 books.

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Michael Fitzgerald

Michael Fitzgerald is an author, editor, and publisher of books on world religions, sacred art, tradition, culture, and philosophy. He has written and edited many publications on American Indian spirituality, including Yellowtail: Crow Medicine Man and Sun Dance Chief, and was adopted into Yellowtail's tribe and family. Fitzgerald has also taught university classes on religious traditions of North American Indians and lectured widely. His contributions to World Wisdom books and DVDs include:

Edited/Authored   Co-edited (with Judith Fitzgerald):   DVD projects:
   

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James Trosper

James Trosper is a respected voice on traditional Plains Indian spirituality. He is Medicine Man and Sun Dance chief of the Shoshone Tribe in Fort Washakie, Wyoming. Mr. Trosper is a direct descendant of the great Eastern Shoshone chief, Washakie. Mr. Trosper has traveled throughout America, assisting in the continuation of American Indian religious traditions, and explaining the Sun Dance religion of the Plains and Indian spirituality to Indian and white audiences. James Trosper has contributed the following to World Wisdom projects:


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Reviews of "Living in Two Worlds"


Living in Two Worlds: The American Indian Experience is a balanced edition focused on bicultural experiences of American Indians, containing extended excerpts from a number of Eastman’s 11 published books in addition to writings of other Indian voices, famous American Indian leaders up to the present day who are in the “Contemporary Indian Voices” chapter of Living in Two Worlds. The first four chapters deal with views of American Indian philosophy through examination of the life and writings of Eastman. The fifth chapter on “Contemporary Indian Voices” consists of transcripts of interviews conducted by the editor over a period of 20 years. They add to the information shared by Eastman about “living in two worlds.” The final chapter is number VI, “Historical Timeline,” which gives a “chronological outline of selected key events in four centuries of the American Indian experience of United States history, including all of the important circumstances in Eastman’s narrative and events after 1915 (p.xi).” Both sepia- toned and colored photographs of American Indians in history and modernity stud the edition. An appendix contains a list of additional free supplementary study materials and biographical notes of other Indian voices plus a note on Eastman’s bibliography. A handy map of Indian Reservations in the Continental United States presents complete, condensed information and adds the concept that Indian reservations form part of a “cultural mosaic,” with additional questions to be considered about that concept. Living in Two Worlds is an amazing achievement, a powerful ingathering of knowledge and wisdom, and a significant offering to the growing field of Native American cultural studies and history.”
Midwest Book Review



“Kent Nerburn, one of our favorite writers about Native Americans, has a special place in his heart for Ohiyesa, a.k.a. Charles Eastman, whom he calls ‘a man with a warrior’s heart, an orator’s tongue, and human spirit of such integrity that it transcends boundaries of race and belief.’ In this impressive and soul-stirring paperback, editor Michael Fitzgerald has gathered together an astonishing collection on the life and writings of Charles Eastman (1858 -1939), the first American Indian to chart the challenges of remaining true to the ideals and rituals of his nomadic ancestors while living in an industrialized world. Ohiyesa served as an intermediary between the white world and that of his people. Ohiyesa lived the traditional life of the Sioux until he was 15 and then went on to receive an undergraduate degree from Dartmouth and a medical degree from Boston College. He was the first great Native American author with 11 books to his credit.

Living in Two Worlds is divided into six parts with excerpts from Eastman’s writings on his recollections of the traditional nomadic life of the Plains Indians; life on the reservation, attending government boarding schools; the tragedy of the buffalos; the Ghost Dance; and much more. Our favorite section contains excerpts from Eastman’s book “The Soul of the Indian” in which he covers the beliefs, cultural values, and recurring themes of American Indian philosophy. Look here for his respect for the Great Mystery, the vision quest, communion with the natural word, the Sun Dance, Indian medicine, the sweat lodge and ceremony of the pipe, the Indian moral code, the Indian attitude toward death, and much more.

Living in Two Worlds also includes the added value of over 275 vintage photographs and paintings; nine interviews with contemporary Native leaders from diverse tribes; maps and timelines detailing Native American history; a foreword by Shoshone Sun Dance chief James Trosper; and an appendix with the entire text of an apology by the Bureau of Indian Affairs given to all American Indians on the 175th anniversary of the founding of that agency.”
Spirituality & Health magazine



Living in Two Worlds: The American Indian Experience is a powerful book and can used effectively to teach young adults about the American Indian experience. The account that Eastman writes about gives the reader a real sense of what it meant to have to live and move between two worlds. The many photographs and illustrations add life to the narrative. The closing section of the book links the voices and experiences of contemporary American Indians to the journey that Eastman experienced but brings it into modern times. Grappling with this book enables students to go beyond the stereotypes that cloud a more meaningful encounter with American Indian culture.”
Richard Davies, Culver Academies, and author



Living in Two Worlds is an excellent resource on the American Indian experience that meshes a broad chronological overview with a particular emphasis on personal stories and firsthand accounts. Eastman and Fitzgerald’s deep understanding of American Indian culture and history make for a comprehensive introduction that is well-organized and informative. The numerous visual representations will capture the imaginations of younger students while also offering tangible impressions for older readers. The text’s treatment of themes central to the American Indian experience offers all readers a comparative understanding of this fascinating and rich culture.”
Mark Bell, Director of Off-Campus Programs and Humanities Teacher, St. Paul’s School, Concord, New Hampshire



“[Living in Two Worlds] is richly illustrated, and the editor supplements Eastman’s words with historical excursuses, with extracts from interviews with Indian leaders, and with references to materials for further study: seen as a whole, the collection testifies not only to Eastman’s own vision and achievement, but also to [editor] Michael Fitzgerald’s years of dedication to the Indian peoples. Having taken almost everything from them, we can still learn from a wisdom that could not be stolen.”
— from a review in Temenos Review


Table of Contents for "Living in Two Worlds"

EDITOR’S PREFACE
FOREWORD
HISTORICAL PROLOGUE

PART I:  LIFE IN THE DEEP WOODS

Introduction
The Young Babe Loses his Mother
The Indian Mother
Grandmother’s Teachings
Early Hardships
Flight to Canada
The Indian’s Wild Life
Loss of My Father
A Midsummer Feast
    Indian Names
The Grandparents Teach the Young Children
    Story Telling
A Pure Democracy
    The Iroquois Constitution
An Indian Boy’s Training
    Indian Etiquette
Games and Sports
The Boy Hunter
Wilderness Cooking
Intertribal Warfare
An Indian Girl’s Training
Insights into the Daily Life of Women
The Maiden’s Feast
Indian Courtship
Marriage and Family
The Fall Hunt
Wild Harvests
    Preparing the Rice for Use
    Contributions to Agriculture
The Indian’s Viewpoint on Works of Art
Native Arts and Crafts
Indian Music
An Adventurous Journey
The Laughing Philosopher
First Impressions of Civilization
The Way Opens

PART II:  CULTURES IN COLLISION

My First School Days
On the White Man’s Trail
College Life in the West
College Life in the East
The How and the Why of the Indian Wars
    1675: King Philip’s War
    The Cherokee Assimilated European Culture
    1830: “The Indian Removal Act” Leads to the “Trail of Tears”
From Nomadic Life to Reservation Life on the Plains
    Many Died of Smallpox, 1780-81
    Red Cloud’s War and the Fort Laramie Treaty of 1868
    Locations Described by Eastman
    Red Cloud
    1869: Completion of the Transcontinental Railroad
The Government’s Solution: Sacrifice the Buffalo
    Chief Joseph and the Nez Perce
    Mid 1880s: Large Parts of the West Are Industrialized
The Final Warfare on the Plains
    Sitting Bull
The Calamity of Early Reservation Life
    1884: Secretary of Interior’s Order
A Doctor Among the Indians
The “Big Issue”
Introduction to the “Ghost Dance Religion”
    The Ghost Dance
Elaine Goodale
The Ghost Dance War
Wounded Knee
War with the Politicians
Civilization as Preached and Practiced
A Tearful Family Reunion
Public Speaking
At the Nation’s Capital
    1887: The Dawes Act
    “Indian Territory” in Oklahoma is “Forever Secure” for the Tribes
The Soul of the White Man

PART III:  THE SOUL OF THE INDIAN

Foreword
The Great Mystery
The Vision Quest
Communion with the Natural World
The One Inevitable Duty
The Sun Dance
Indian Medicine
The Sweat Lodge and Ceremonial of the Pipe
Love of Possessions is a Weakness
The Indian Moral Code
The Attitude toward Death
Final Thoughts

PART IV:  EASTMAN IN LATER LIFE

Late in Eastman’s Life He Practiced What He Preached

PART V:  OTHER INDIAN VOICES

Ishi: The Last Aboriginal Indian
Contemporary Indian Voices
    Joe Medicine Crow, Crow
    James Trosper, Shoshone/Arapaho
    Gordon Tootoosis, Cree
    Arvol Looking Horse, Lakota
    John Arlee, Salish
    Janine Pease, Crow/Hidatsa
    Inés Talamantez, Apache
    Tantoo Cardinal, Métis/Cree
    Thomas Yellowtail, Crow

PART VI:  HISTORICAL TIMELINE

Timeline of American Indian History: 1620-2009
    Pride in Their Ancestral Heritage Starts at an Early Age
The “Paradox of Patriotism” Endures
Indian Reservations Form Part of a “Cultural Mosaic”

APPENDIX:
    Remarks of Kevin Gover
    Free Supplementary Study Materials

EASTMAN’S BIBLIOGRAPHY
BIOGRAPHICAL NOTES OF OTHER INDIAN VOICES
INDEX



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This pdf file is an excerpt (pp. 6-17) of "Living in Two Worlds," a collection of writings by Charles Eastman (Ohiyesa), a Sioux Indian writer, doctor, and educator. These selections show both the beautiful illustrations found in the book, but also the style and character of the writing of Ohiyesa, a very important observer who was one of the few to fully experience and reflect in writing upon the "two worlds" of the traditional Indian way of life and the white man's way of life in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
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More biographical details with photos from Eastman's life can be found in this slideshow:
Who was Charles Eastman (Ohiyesa)?


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Discussion Questions

A series of discussion questions for Living in Two Worlds was developed by the editor of the book, and other educators from secondary and post-secondary institutions. The book measures 1210L on the Lexile text measure, which is considered generally appropriate for readers at approximately a 10th- or llth-grade reading level in the US (that is, the next-to-last year of secondary school). The topic areas covered by the discussion questions are:

• "The American Indian Experience"
• "Traditional Culture and Values"
• "Challenges"
• "The Environment and Natural Resources"
• "Government / Democracy"
• "Our Changing World"

Click here to open a pdf document in a separate window with two pages of suggested discussion questions to assist with using the book Living in Two Worlds in the classroom.
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Summary: This free teaching aid is a “Flash” film which has a voice-over of author and editor Michael Fitzgerald following PowerPoint slides that include maps and film clips. It is designed for use in classroom discussions around the question whether the future of the U.S. will see a "cultural mosaic", a "melting pot" or both, particularly in relation to the lives of American Indian youth.
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This free teaching aid is a “Flash” film which has a voice-over of author and editor Michael Fitzgerald following PowerPoint slides that include maps and film clips. It is designed for use in classroom discussions around the question whether the future of the U.S. will see a "cultural mosaic", a "melting pot" or both, particularly in relation to the lives of American Indian youth.
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