|Charles Eastman was born in the ancestral homeland of the Sioux and survived the first fifteen years of his life in the heart of the wild, enjoying the free nomadic existence of his ancestors. During this time, he lived in a teepee of buffalo skins, subsisting on wild rice and the fruits of the chase. He never entered a house nor heard the English language spoken.
Dr. Eastman's mother died shortly after his birth and his grandmother and an uncle raised him in the wilds of Manitoba. Here he thoroughly learned the best of the ancient folklore, religion and woodcraft of his people. <p>The second period of Dr. Eastman's life was spent in school. He attened Dartmouth and Boston University in the department of medicine. <p>During the last fifteen years of Dr. Eastman's life, he was a man of varied interests and occupations. He was a physician, missionary, writer and speaker of wide experience and held an appointment under the government. He was a very popular writer for leading magazines. His "Recollections of Wild Life" in St. Nicholas and his stories of "Wild Animals" in Harper entertained thousands of juvenile and adult readers. Eastman's first book "Indian Boyhood," which appeared in 1902 passed through several editions. "Red Hunters and the Animal People," published in 1904 was at least as popular. <p>Dr. Eastman lectured in many towns from Maine to California and was welcomed everywhere. His specialty was the customs, laws and religion of the Sioux. He was witty, fluent, intellectual, and trained in both methods of education. He was eminently fitted to explain the customs, beliefs and superstitions of the Indian people. He strongly described Indian wit, music, poetry and eloquence. Eastman also explained to audiences facts gained from his own people concerning the great mystery of the battle of the Little Big Horn. <p>Dr. Eastman's years in civilization never dimmed his joy of life in the wilderness, nor caused him to forget his love and sympathy for the native people. <p>
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