The Great Mystery
North American Indian was the highest type of pagan and uncivilized man.
He possessed not only a superb physique but a remarkable mind. But the Indian
no longer exists as a natural and free man. Those remnants which now dwell upon
the reservations present only a sort of tableau—a ficticious copy of the past.
The following chapters are the imperfect record of my boyish impressions and
experiences up to the age of fifteen years. I have put together these
fragmentary recollections of my thrilling wild life expressly for the
little son who came too late to behold for himself the drama of savage
existence. I dedicate this little book, with love, to Ohiyesa the second, my son.
Charles A. Eastman. (Ohiyesa.)