Lame Deer, Seeker of Visions

Lame Deer Seeker of Visions Lame Deer Storyteller rebel medicine man Lame Deer was born almost a century ago on the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota A full blooded Sioux he was many things in the white man s world rodeo c

  • Title: Lame Deer, Seeker of Visions
  • Author: John (Fire) Lame Deer Richard Erdoes
  • ISBN: 9780671888022
  • Page: 499
  • Format: Paperback
  • Lame Deer Storyteller, rebel, medicine man, Lame Deer was born almost a century ago on the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota A full blooded Sioux, he was many things in the white man s world rodeo clown, painter, prisioner But, above all, he was a holy man of the Lakota tribe Seeker of Vision The story he tells is one of harsh youth and reckless manhood, shotgLame Deer Storyteller, rebel, medicine man, Lame Deer was born almost a century ago on the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota A full blooded Sioux, he was many things in the white man s world rodeo clown, painter, prisioner But, above all, he was a holy man of the Lakota tribe Seeker of Vision The story he tells is one of harsh youth and reckless manhood, shotgun marriage and divorce, history and folklore as rich today as ever and of his fierce struggle to keep pride alive, though living as a stranger in his own ancestral land.

    One thought on “Lame Deer, Seeker of Visions”

    1. I've read a lot of mystically minded, "authentic" native american stories, and while I have enjoyed a lot of them, this one really hit me where it counts. There's humor and wisdom and pain in this, but more interesting is what it doesn't have. Unlike many spiritually inclined texts, I don't get a feeling of well Smugness from Lame Deer. So many of the new age mystical texts I've read have this feeling, like "Well, this is just how the universe works, and I the author, must educate you poor souls [...]

    2. To me, this summarizes Lame Deer's narrative:"You've seen me drunk and broke. You've heard me curse or tell a dirty joke. You know I'm not better and wiser than other men. But I've been up on the hilltop, got my vision and power; the rest is just trimmings."I was raised Catholic, and I didn't realize how much I still looked back on that upbringing until reading this book and thinking "THIS is what a priest should be like." Any one who hasn't walked the dark side, who hasn't questioned their exis [...]

    3. I can not recommend this book highly enough. As someone from a predominantly (and proudly) american indian family it helped me come to terms with a lot of the things I've always felt in my life that have led to me making somewhat self-defeating choices. I don't want to make it sound like this is some sort of self-help bullshit. Becuase it's not. It's an un-apologetic autobiography of a man (and his people) who is displaced from his culture and forced to adopt a new (more destructive, angry and u [...]

    4. I was skeptical at first with this book. I read a lot of Native American legend and trickster tales, histories and so forth. I had always lumped this one in with the " Mystical Indian" books that surround the gems I had come to find over the years. This became one of those gems. It was refreshing to see it was not some hokum over a shaman, but a book about a man growing up in the early 20th century and finding his voice among many, as well as a voice in his society. He reminds me of how my grand [...]

    5. Es war Liebe auf den ersten Blick als ich 2011 das erste Mal den Wilden Westen erblickte. Diese unendliche Weite. Offenes Land, wie man es nirgendwo in Europa findet. Echte Wildnis mit Bären, Kojoten, Klapperschlangen und Bisons. Ein grenzenloser Himmel und freie Sicht auf den Horizont. Kein Haus und keine Landwirtschaft. Es war eine spirituelle Erfahrung und unbewusst auch die Geburtsstunde von awesomatik. Denn seit meinem Besuch im Westen, versuche ich auf allen meinen Reisen dieses Gefühl d [...]

    6. I have a Lakota friend (he's full-blooded, although he likes to say that he's 5/4 Lakota) who lives just off one of the reservations in South Dakota (housing on the reservations is apparently in short supply these days). Lame Deer, Seeker of Visions would probably send him off the deep end (I'm not sure if he's read it or not). He is adamantly against the "romanticization" of his people and their culture, particularly (and he is certainly not alone in this among other Lakota with whom I've spoke [...]

    7. I think I have wound up reading this book 6 times. Lame Deer is one of the few people whose social, economic and political criticisms are not purely ideologically or politically driven. This is one of the few books that will force you to bend your mind in a new way. No, this is not a complex Continental philosophy tract. This is something better. Lame Deer makes no pretense to be an intellectual. This book is about how a dying Lakota shaman sees the world. You can accept or reject Lame Deer's so [...]

    8. As I read this book I felt I was being taken along a journey by an old Indian. Not the grumpy old Indian, One Feather, whom I met on my only successful meditation. For a long time I have wondered about the connectedness I feel inside with the Native American Indian. I've never had the desire to visit America (although I am slowly changing my mind - I guess that's allowed). Strange that I have never wanted to see the country a (real live self-confessed) witch on the Isle of Man told me that had s [...]

    9. Lame Deer was many things in his life. He was an outlaw, lawman, rodeo clown, and Indian medicine man. At a later point in his life Lame Deer came to meet an artist living in NY named Richard Erdoes. The men decided to collaborate together to write a book about the life of Lame Deer. Lame Deer himself was a Sioux medicine man trained in the ways of the old ones. This book is gripping and humorous. The first part recounts many funny personal stories about Lame Deer's life and his run-ins with the [...]

    10. Tahca Ushte (Lame Deer) was a Lakota medicine man from a land now known as South Dakota (“Sioux” is a white name that insults the Lakota). His government-issued name was John Fire. He was born some time between 1895 and 1903, and died in 1976. His parents were of the last generation to be born wild and free. Two of his grandfathers had been at the battle of Little Big Horn, Custer’s last stand, and one of them survived the massacre at Wounded Knee.Lame Deer’s early years were spent in a [...]

    11. Tahce Ushte is the main character in this story. He is a full-blooded Sioux indian. He is 72 years old. His name means John Lame Deer in indian. He has many useful attributes. This is a story about a man that wanted to represent native americans through speech and writing. He is a very diverse man. Has many talents and the main one he wanted to pursue was writing. Especially about his people. Throughout his life he met a man and they together wrote a book about Lame deers life story. It is a gre [...]

    12. A classic. Lame Deer had a foot in the old world, and his insights into the modern world are humorous and important. The book can feel somewhat formless at times, but the messages within are worth the effort of reading. If you're open to it, Lame Deer's voice can change you.

    13. The life and philosophy of a wise manI once lived on the Yakima Reservation for a couple weeks, back in 1964. This constituted my entire experience with Native Americans until thirty years later I met a few Navajo and Pueblo people on a trip to the Southwest. So even though I worked as an anthropologist for many years, I had absolutely zip to do with Native Americans. I was aware that there is a huge amount of junk written and shown in movies about them; that they have been either lionized or de [...]

    14. This works great as a forthcoming autobiography of a wasted youth in alcohol, joy-riding, and skirt-chasing to in adulthood learn the value of lessons adults had tried to impart. However, this is not a coming-of-age tale from one man to another, but a "medicine man" to another culture: Native American spirituality is real, cohesive, and valuable; respect it and at least don't destroy it. Also, don't destroy the Black Hills sacred ground with more mountain-marring statues, even of Crazy Horse. (L [...]

    15. Lame Deer Seeker of VisionsI highly recommend this book describing the life of John Lame Deer if you are interested in the history of Native Americans or their view of The United States.These are the memoirs of Lame Deer that he worked on with Richard Erdoes. Lame Deer describes how Native Americans dealt with whites taking their land through lies and massacres. He also describes trying to keep his culture alive.We, the reader, are taken to Native American ceremonies. We are shown what happens a [...]

    16. "Los hombres nacieron para vivir en tipis, no en los cajones que vosotros llamáis apartamentos. Habéis convertido a los hombres en marcadores de reloj registrador y a las mujeres en criaturas realmente timoratas. Vivís en prisiones construidas por vosotros mismos y que llamáis hogares, oficinas o fábricas. ¿Sabéis que es esa cultura de la privación de la que hablan siempre los antropólogos? Es ser un muchacho blanco de clase media que vive en un apartamento de varios niveles con televis [...]

    17. A series of anecdotes detailing the life of the Lakota Sioux medicine man Lame Deer and the rituals and beliefs of his people. He belongs to that generation that helped keep the tribe's customs alive from those particularly dark days after the conquest to the dawn of the modern Indian rights movement. The book really doesn't do much for me. It's informative and Lame Deer comes of as a decent guy, but I just found it rather dull.

    18. It's always hard for me to read books about being "spiritual" because it's difficult to reconcile my lack of belief with the beliefs that others have. I have no problems with other people's beliefs — well, provided they don't cause harm to anyone — and I find people's adherence to religions or other spiritual paths fascinating. But I just can't get into them myself.So reading John Fire Lame Deer's book was both good and bad for me. It was an interesting first-person account of some of the ce [...]

    19. I enjoyed reading Lame Deer, Seeker of Visions. It was interesting to read about life though the perspective of a medicine man. I was very surprised that he, as a medicine man, was human. I know that sounds weird but I always thought of medicine men as honorable and almost untouchable and well respected. In this book, this medicine man is not always a good man, he was a womanizer and drank, yet he became a medicine man based on his visions. Yes he grew old with clear perspective and values but h [...]

    20. We have so many comforts living this way, but what have we lost to get here? Why do we have so much stress in our lives? Why does this world we've built for ourselves feel so fragile?Lame Deer, a Lakota shaman, has answers to these questions and many more. In the past 25 years or so, I've read a lot of Native American literature, both fiction and non-fiction. I'm continually drawn to it, learning from it, feeling a kinship with the authors. Today, the way we live life is like a car heading at fu [...]

    21. My last book in 2014, utterly fascinating and interesting. I drew quite a few parallels with the American Indian beliefs and cultures and Hinduism - this was very insightful as well as painful in part, mostly the foreword (!!). People say it is a funny book, I don't agree that much but it did made me chuckle at two places. It is a book of philosophy and understanding and of keeping an open mind. It was a story near to my heart, as most of its theories find a believer in me - though of course the [...]

    22. This is a fascinating look into Sioux culture from an actual wicasa wakan (medicine man in common American parlance). It is a rare window into Lakota rites (the sundance, sweat bath and vision quest), stories and beliefs. Lame Deer also gives his perspective on white society and its spiritual and ethical bankruptcy (he spent some years in white society). He sees many of us chasing the almighty dollar, disconnected from the land, plants, animals and each other (spot on). By contrast, the Sioux gi [...]

    23. This is one book that I have read several times over the years. Seems every time I see it on a shelf at the book store I buy another copy cause my old one I gave away so that it my inspire another person. It's the story Lame Deer, a rodeo clown, outlaw and medicine man. We start with a journey up the hill on his first vision quest as a young boy and follow him throughout the amazing journey that is his life. When I read this book I feel as thought I am sitting next to Lame Deer as we drive along [...]

    24. This book was recommended by a young lady working at the Bear Butte Visitor Center when I was there a couple years ago. I bought it that day but never got around to reading it until now. I am so glad I listened to her! It's a combination of autobiography, cultural anthropolgy & history. I have lived in South Dakota my entire life and have been to many of the places mentioned. I am familiar with the culture & history of the Sioux tribes. I also know the current living conditions on the re [...]

    25. Nothing to romanticize about the life of this Lakota medicine man. John Lame Deer was a hard drinking, womanizing, law-breaking rodeo clown who, all along, was learning the ways of the shaman, living a full life, exploring the dark side as well as the light, so that, unlike the Christian clergy, he could, when helping his people, speak and act out of experience. To look through the eyes of Lame Deer is to see how it’s possible for the symbolic world and the everyday world to coincide, how an o [...]

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