Prison Writings: My Life is a Sun Dance
Review by Sue on 2014-10-19
A number of our Spiritual Book Club members are interested in Native American Spirituality. We've read Frank Fools Crow's book "Green Pipe Dancers" and LeAnne Howe's "Shell Shakers." This book, is our November 2014 book, since November is Native American Indian Heritage month in the U.S.
"Edited by Harvey Arden, with an Introduction by Chief Arvol Looking Horse, and a Preface by former Attorney General Ramsey Clark.
In 1977, Leonard Peltier received a life sentence for the murder of two FBI agents. He has affirmed his innocence ever since--his case was made fully and famously in Peter Matthiessen's bestselling In the Spirit of Crazy Horse--and many remain convinced he was wrongly convicted. Prison Writings is a wise and unsettling book, both memoir and manifesto, chronicling his life in Leavenworth Prison in Kansas. Invoking the Sun Dance, in which pain leads one to a transcendent reality, Peltier explores his suffering and the insights it has borne him. He also locates his experience within the history of the American Indian peoples and their struggles to overcome the federal government's injustices."
"My own personal story can't be told, even in this abbreviated version, without going back long before my own birth on September 12, 1944, back to 1890 and to 1876 and to 1851 and, yes, all the way back through all the other calamitous dates in the relations between the red men and white, back to that darkest day of all in human history: October 12, 1492, when our Great Sorrow began" (Peltier, 50).
"We must be an army of one in the endless struggle between the goodness we are all capable of and the evil that threatens us all from without as well as within" (Peltier, 208).