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The Soul of the Indian
Boston/NY, Houghton Mifflin, [ca. 1933]. Later printing. Signed by the author. An important volume: one of the first published attempts by a Native American author to express the idea that traditional Native American moral codes embodied the principles found in Christian teachings. Eastman formulated a Native American cosmology, incorporating elements common to many tribes, and compared it favorably to Christianity -- a theme that has been woven through many writings since then, being further developed by widely different exponents, from political activist and author Vine Deloria to the many "New Age" proponents of Native American values and spirituality. Bookplate of Evelyn Fisher, wife of collector Otto Orren Fisher, on the front pastedown. This edition dates from the 1930s: the publication by Chief Standing Bear, Land of the Spotted Eagle (pub.: 1933) is advertised on the rear dust jacket flap. Trace shelfwear; still a fine copy in a near fine, lightly handled dust jacket with shallow edge wear. Very scarce both in dust jacket and signed. [#035115] $450

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