Gift of Power: The Life and Teachings of a Lakota Medicine Man

by Chief Archie Fire Lame Deer (Author), Richard Erdoes (Author)

Editorial Reviews

Gift of Power is a classic story of one man's journey through alienation and
struggle to epiphany and redemption. Archie Fire Lame Deer embodies the Native
American struggle for survival in a homeland that has become foreign. In vivid
first- person narrative, Lame Deer recalls his tumultuous life in a
stereotypical Indian world of bottles, feathers, and horses. After enough booze
and fighting to kill an average man, he transcends his self-destructive
tendencies by reclaiming the spiritual elements of his traditional culture. We
learn along with Lame Deer the power and secrets of native medicine and the
gifts that they bring to the beholder. This Lakota medicine man is a teacher and
a model.

From Publishers Weekly
Lame Deer here recreates his transformation from born hell-raiser to born-again
"holy man" of his Lakota Indian tribe in South Dakota. Writing with longtime
family friend Erdoes ( Living on the Brink of Apocalypse ), Lame Deer exposes
his life in the so-called material world as an alcoholic and Hollywood stuntman.
The spiritual "gift" was passed to him at his father's deathbed in 1976, which
marked the beginning of his change. Lame Deer, now a lecturer on Lakota life and
religion, discusses such noted ceremonies as the Sun Dance. Stirring and more
worldly than similar works by other medicine men, this is instructive reading
for those wishing to understand what it is like to be a Native American today.

Product Details

Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Bear & Company; New Ed edition (October 1, 1992)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1879181126



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