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Lame Deer, Seeker of Visions

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A full-blooded Sioux, Lame Deer was many things in the white man's world - rodeo clown, painter, prisoner. But, above all, he was a holy man of the Lakota tribe.

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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.


"Colonialism in North America did not stop with the Revolution of 1776. It had new names: 'Westward expansion', 'Manifest Destiny'; but those who were called pioneers still did the same things based on the same values that caused colonialism in the first place. The text, Lame Deer Seeker of Visions was originally published in 1972 and is the story of both Lame Deer and the Lakota nation as they were affected by our expansion. It gives us the history and brings us up to date on the continued oppression of America's native population.

Lame Deer, Seeker of Visions is a good way to help students understand the history of the Lakota people. It can also be taught as a way to understand the plight of Native Americans in a modern context. It should be understood that the book is also a potent personal narrative. It can be used to help take away the 'stoic Indian' stereotype because Lame Deer is very human and his sense of humor shows through in the book. Students may even be asked if they can identify with him or different parts of the narrative."      ~Western Michigan University


"The Green Frog Skin – that’s what I call the dollar bill. In our attitude towards it lies the biggest difference between the Indians and the whites. My grandparents grew up in an Indian world without money. Just before the Custer battle the white soldiers had received their pay. Their pockets were full of green paper and they had no place to spend it. What were their last thoughts as an Indian bullet or arrow hit them? I guess they were thinking of all that money going to waste, of not having had a chance to enjoy it, of a bunch of dumb savages getting their paws on that hard-earned pay. That must have hurt them more than the arrow between their ribs."


Richard Erdoes was born in the old Austro-Hungarian Empire. He would read books that, though not historically accurate, cast American Indians in the role of hero. After he grew up, he moved to the United States to escape Nazi rule. He met Lame Deer during Martin Luther King Jr.'s peace march in New York city in 1967. This was the beginning of the collaboration that would last the next four years. Richard has since written several more books.

Editor Erdoes, Richard
Author Lame Deer, John
Book Type Mass Market Paperback
Page Count 352 pp.
Publisher Simon & Schuster 1994
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