Autobiographical story of a the last few years of childhood for a plains Indian boy whose family converts to Christianity and sends him to school in "civilization." He adjusts well to his new life but remembers his free and easy early years with great fondness. The author wrote many books on Indian life and was involved in the formation of the American Boy Scouts.
THE GREAT MYSTERY
The North American Indian was the highest type of pagan and uncivilized man. He possessed not only a superb physique but a remarkable mind. But the Indian no longer exists as a natural and free man. Those remnants which now dwell upon the reservations present only a sort of tableau—a ficticious copy of the past.
The following chapters are the imperfect record of my boyish impressions and experiences up to the age of fifteen years. I have put together these fragmentary recollections of my thrilling wild life expressly for the little son who came too late to behold for himself the drama of savage existence. I dedicate this little book, with love, to Ohiyesa the second, my son.
|CHARLES A. EASTMAN. (OHIYESA.)|