Indian Boyhood

Eastman (1858-1939) grew up in a traditional Santee environment, which he describes in this, his first book. Called Hakadah ("pitiful last") at birth, he was given the name Ohiyesa, Winner, after playing a key role in an important lacrosse victory. Indian Boyhood, "an imperfect record of my boyish impressions and experiences up to the age of fifteen years," ends with the return of Ohiyesa's father who had been presumed dead for many years but was actually serving time in prison, where he had converted to Christianity. — Oyate

Age Level: 14-16