Howdy, and welcome to another terrific Tuesday.
This Thursday, 23 November — Thanksgiving Day, all of my books, with only a few exceptions, go on sale for the period of the holiday season. They are: LAKOTA SURRENDER; LAKOTA PRINCESS; PROUD WOLF’S WOMAN; GRAY HAWK’S LADY; WHITE EAGLE’S TOUCH; NIGHT THUNDER’S BRIDE; WAR CLOUD’S PASSION; LONE ARROW’S PRIDE; SOARING EAGLE’S EMBRACE; WOLF SHADOW’S PROMISE; THE ANGEL AND THE WARRIOR; THE SPIRIT OF THE WOLF; RED HAWK’S WOMAN; THE LAST WARRIOR; BLACK EAGLE.
THE LAST WARRIOR is currently up on Amazon as a pre-sale, due to be released in early December. And I will be giving away a free e-book to some lucky blogger today.
Since this is the start of the Holiday Season, I thought I’d post some snippets of the book, THE SOUL OF THE INDIAN by Charles A. Eastman, original copyright 1911. The very first chapter, entitled “The Great Mystery,” has some beautiful concepts pertaining to the American Indian, and I thought that I would share some of these with you today.
The picture off to the right here is a Thanksgiving picture which I thought might go well this close to Thanksgiving.
Here is a quote from the book, THE SOUL OF THE INDIAN:
“The native American has been generally despised by his white conquerors for his poverty and simplicity. They forget, perhaps, that his religion forbade the accumulation of wealth and the enjoyment of luxury. To him, as to other single-minded men in every age and race, from Diogenes to the brothers of Saint Francis, from the Montanists to the Shakers, the love of possessions has appeared a snare, and the burdens of a complex society a source of needless peril and temptation. Furthermore, it was the rule of his life to share the fruits of his skill and success with his less fortunate brothers. Thus he kept his spirit free from the clog of pride, cupidity, or envy, and carried out, as he believed, the divine decree — a matter profoundly important to him.”
Charles A. Eastman, THE SOUL OF THE INDIAN
To the left here is a picture of Charles A. Eastman as a young man.
This next quote from his book really speaks to me and so I thought I’d post it here today. It is from the same chapter, “The Great Mystery.”
“It was not, then, wholly from ignorance or improvidence that he (the Indian) failed to establish permanent towns and to develop a material civilization. To the untutored sage, the concentration of population was the prolific mother of all evils, moral no less than physical. He argued that food is good, while surfeit kills; that love is good, but lust destroys; and not less dreaded than the pestilence following upon crowded and unsanitary dwellings was the loss of spiritual power inseparable from too close contact with one’s fellow-men. All who have lived much out of doors know that there is a magnetic and nervous force that accumulates in solitude and that is quickly dissipated by life in a crowd; and even his enemies have recognized that fact that for certain innate power and self-poise, wholly independent of circumstances, the American Indian is unsurpassed among men.”
THE SOUL OF THE INDIAN by Charles A. Eastman
Well, that’s all for today. I believe these passages were very beautiful and thoughtful and perhaps a good way to start out the holiday season. And so I wanted to share them with you.
RED HAWK’S WOMAN is on sale now at Amazon, and is the book that I’ll be giving away today to a lucky blogger, so do leave a message. Also, please do read the Giveaway Guidelines to the right of our posts — these guideline govern our give-aways.
Off to the left here are further pictures of Charles A. Eastman, and in closing for today, here is another passage from his book, THE SOUL OF THE INDIAN.
“We believed that the spirit pervades all creation and that every creature possesses a soul in some degree, though not necessarily a soul conscious of itself. The tree, the waterfall, the grizzly bear, each is an embodied Force, and as such an object of reverence.”
I think that is uncommonly pretty language and a beautiful concept. So come on in. And please do leave a comment.