A Sacred Story
“Crow Dog,” written by Leonard Crow Dog and Richard Erdoes, recalls the history of the Crow Dog family and the events in which the Crow Dogs participated. The book is mainly based on Leonard, the author’s, life. Leonard became a medicine man for the Lakota tribe with his first vision at thirteen. Even though he was young for a medicine man, his parents and his sister, Christine, could always tell that he was beyond his years and would be great. He grew up as a selfless, Native American activist and spiritual leader who used peyote and became disgusted by the white man. Because he was the only son to live out of seven, he wanted to make a name for his family. This is exactly what he did through his actions at Wounded Knee, his involvement with the American Indian Movement (AIM), and his treatment of other people. Leonard Crow Dog seemed to be a friendly, calm, down-to-earth man, but he clearly dislikes the white man. He says the white man’s family includes a “papa, mama, two kids, and a poodle—in an apartment inside a high-rise” (9). I wish I could say his accusations were false and that he doesn’t understand the white man’s lifestyle just like the white man doesn’t understand the Native American lifestyle. But, in all reality he is right. I cannot think of a more perfect situation for my future family than to be a married couple and produce a small number of children and live in an upscale house with a furry friend for a pet. He goes on to say, “ he’s [the white man] thinking about whether he can afford a new car” (9-10). I always am wishing for the next best thing; hoping that someday I will be able to better myself through the objects that I own. Furthermore, he writes, “in the white man’s view you are civilized when you have a flush toilet and a microwave” (12). I have both of those things, and I generally don’t care about them until I need them. I take them for granted as a civilized human. In addition, I still have my language,...
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