Charles Eastman (Ohiyesa)

“Silence is the absolute poise or balance of body, mind, and spirit. The man who preserves his selfhood ever calm and unshaken by the storms of existence — not a leaf, as it were, astir on the tree; not a ripple upon the surface of shining pool- his, in the mind of the unlettered sage, is the ideal attitude and conduct of life.

If you ask him: “What is silence?” he will answer: “ It is the Great Mystery!” “ The holy silence is His voice!” If you ask: “ What are the fruits of silence?” he will say: “They are self-control, true courage or endurance, patience, dignity, and reverence. Silence is the corner-stone of character”

 - Charles Eastman, The Soul of an Indian (1911, p. 88-89).

Charles Eastman (Lakota name: Ohiyesa)

Charles Eastman’s (1858-1939) ability to work effectively and often brilliantly in the world of both the traditional Lakota Sioux and the nineteenth century white man is an astonishing accomplishment. He entered Euro-American culture at the age of fifteen, eventually completing his medical training at Boston University and becoming a practicing medical doctor. Eastman was the doctor in residence at Pine Ridge reservation at the time of the Wounded Knee massacre, treating the few surviving Sioux. He was a tireless advocate for his people and an inspired writer. See the links below, as well as his own writings (also below) for a more complete biography.

Charles Eastman Links

Lakota Museum

http://aktalakota.stjo.org/site/News2?page=NewsArticle&id=8884

National Library of Medicine

https://www.nlm.nih.gov/exhibition/if_you_knew/ifyouknew_11.html

Native American Writers

http://nativeamericanwriters.com/eastman.html

Mnopedia

http://www.mnopedia.org/person/eastman-charles-alexander-ohiyesa-1858-1939

World Wisdom

http://www.worldwisdom.com/public/authors/Charles-Eastman.aspx

Dartmouth College

http://alumni.dartmouth.edu/content/dr-charles-eastman-87-was-dartmouth-night-speaker-100-years-ago

 


Free Downloadable Digital Books by Charles Eastman (Ohiyesa)

Indian Boyhood

http://www.gutenberg.org/files/337/337-h/337-h.htm

From the Deep Woods to Civilization

https://archive.org/details/deepwoodstocivilization_1502_librivox

The Soul of an Indian

https://archive.org/details/soulindiananint00eastgoog

Indian Heroes and Great Chieftains

https://archive.org/details/indianheroes00eastrich

The Indian Today

https://archive.org/details/theindianto-day_1211_librivox

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