Sister to the Sioux: The Memoirs of Elaine Goodale Eastman, 1885-91

Sister to the Sioux: The Memoirs of Elaine Goodale Eastman, 1885-91

Sister to the Sioux: The Memoirs of Elaine Goodale Eastman, 1885-91

Sister to the Sioux: The Memoirs of Elaine Goodale Eastman, 1885-91

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"It was held a distinct adventure back in the demure 1880s for a properly brought-up New England girl to open a day school in a primitive Sioux village," Elaine Goodale Eastman recalled in later years. With boundless energy and dedication she had set out to teach the white man's ways to the Sioux. The Indian women called her "little sister" as she entered wholeheartedly into village activities.

She watched the emergence of the Ghost Dance religion, visited with Sitting Bull shortly before his death, and was at Pine Ridge during the last month of 1890- "a time of grim suspense." There she met her future husband, Dr. Charles Eastman, the agency physician and a mixed-blood Sioux. A short time later they shared in the heart-wrenching job of caring for the survivors of the Wounded Knee massacre.

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