From the Deep Woods to Civilization: Chapters in the Autobiography of an Indian

From the Deep Woods to Civilization: Chapters in the Autobiography of an Indian

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From the Deep Woods to Civilization: Chapters in the Autobiography of an Indian

From the Deep Woods to Civilization: Chapters in the Autobiography of an Indian

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Synopsis

From Deep Woods to Civilization continues Eastman's captivating autobiographical work after Indian boyhood, telling the story of his years during school and into his life as a doctor. One of the highest educated Indians of his time, through his social work and his writings he was one of the best-known Indians of the early 20th century.

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I was less than a month since I had been a Rover and a hunter in the Manitoba wilderness, with no thoughts save those which concern the most free and natural life of an Indian. Now, I found myself standing near a rude log cabin on the edge of a narrow strip of timber, overlooking the fertile basin of the Big Sioux River. As I gazed over the rolling prairie land, all I could see was that it met the sky at the horizon line. It seemed to me vast and vague and endless, as was my conception of the new trail which I had taken and my dream of the far-off goal.

My father's farm of 160 acres, which he had taken up and improved under the United States homestead laws, lay along the north bank of the river. The nearest neighbor lived a mile away, and all had flourishing fields of wheat, Indian corn and potatoes.

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