Indian Boyhood

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Charles Alexander Eastman (1858-1939) was a Santee Dakota physician, writer, national lecturer, and reformer. Indian Boyhood (1902) is a recollection of Eastman's earliest childhood memories up to the age of 15. He describes the traditional ways in which the tribe governed itself - a police force, hunting and warrior scouts, and the tribal council. The book includes family and tribal legends of adventure, bravery, and nature that he heard in the lodge of the tribe historian. From the age of 15, he was educated at Dartmouth College, went on to become a medical doctor, acclaimed author, and a spokesman for Native Americans. His long association with the Boy Scouts of America began in 1910 when he helped Ernest Thompson Seton establish the organization.