Lame Deer (American Indians Ready Reference)
Article abstract: Lame Deer is remembered for his autobiography, which recounts his life growing up on a reservation and his protest against the white culture that had robbed the Indians of their land and culture.
Named for his grandfather, a Sioux warrior who was killed by the U.S. cavalry during the 1890's, Lame Deer lived his life between two worlds, that of the reservation and that of white America. After the death of his mother in 1920, Lame Deer inherited horses and cattle from his father, who at that time gave up the old ways. Lame Deer too gave up the old life, as he followed the rodeo circuit. He also received instruction from medicine men. Lame Deer moved between the white world and the world of the Indian on a reservation; he was a rancher, rodeo rider, reservation policeman, and holy man.
With the publication of Lame Deer: Seeker of Visions in 1976, written with Richard Erdoes, Lame Deer established himself as a spokesperson and a spiritual leader among American Indians. In the book, he describes his ancestors and treaties that were broken, his upbringing on the reservation, and his forced schooling at government schools (where he had no choice but to repeat the third grade six times because there were no teachers beyond that level). He also recounts his experiences as a medicine man. The book evaluates both white and Indian culture, finding the suburban modern American culture spiritless and sterile. Lame...
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