Lame Deer, Seeker of Visions - Chapters 6-9: The Circle and the Square; Talking to the Owls and Butterflies; Two in a Blanket; Medicine Good and Bad Summary & Analysis

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Once the reader has a summation of the life experiences of Lame Deer, the reader is lead through a large body of information relative to Indian traditions and beliefs. Thus, chapters six through nine outline the most salient features of Sioux traditions, religion, and principles by which true tribesmen live. It is in these few chapters that the reader is able to fully understand the rich heritage which is often ignored or overlooked as American history is studied in schools. The reader will be struck by the basic gentleness of these first Americans and their overriding respect for everything of nature.

Indians see spiritual symbols in common objects. They have used them for hundreds of years in their daily living. A belt, crafted by Lame Deer's grandmother, for example, told the story of his grandfather's accomplishments, all with configurations of geometric figures. Other simple symbols relate to spiritual beliefs. By...

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