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An Indian Bible, A way Of Life

COPYRIGHT, 1963 JULIA M. SETON
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
None of this book in whole or in part may be reproduced without special arrangements with the publishers
Printed in the United States of America

THE GOSPEL OF THE RED MAN
AN INDIAN BIBLE
DEDICATED TO DR. B. L. GREGORY and DR. M. C. SIMS
Without whose consummate knowledge and skill, the physical writing of this book would have been impossible.

 

 

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THE GOSPEL OF THE RED MAN

A WAY OF LIFE

COPYRIGHT, 1963 JULIA M. SETON
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
None of this book in whole or in part may be reproduced without special arrangements with the publishers
Printed in the United States of America

THE GOSPEL OF THE RED MAN
AN INDIAN BIBLE
DEDICATED TO DR. B. L. GREGORY and DR. M. C. SIMS
Without whose consummate knowledge and skill, the physical writing of this book would have been impossible.

 

FOREWORD TO 1937 EDITION

On board the Queen Mary
Jan. 22, 1935.

In March, 1905, we were in Los Angeles on a lecture tour. The morning after the lecture, we were met at the Van Nuys Hotel by some Eastern friends who, addressing the Chief,* said: "We have a message for you. There is a strange woman in the Hills who wishes to see you." Accordingly, we look the tram to the end of the track, then set out on foot to climb what, I think, are now called the Beverly Hills. On the green slope higher up was a small white cottage; in front of this, a woman dressed like a farmer's wife. She waved her apron as we approached.
She was introduced to us as a Mahatma from India, although born in Iowa. She had left her home as a small child, had spent many years studying under the Great Masters, and was now back on a mission to America. She was a strange-looking person. We could not tell whether she was thirty or a hundred and thirty years old. Her skin was like yellow parchment, and covered with thousands of faint lines not deep enough to be wrinkles. Her eyes had the faraway veiled look of a mystic. Her talk was commonplace as she served coffee and cakes. We wondered why she had sent the summons.
Finally, after an hour, we rose to leave.
Then, suddenly, she turned on the Chief with a total change of look and demeanour. Her eyes blazed as she said, in tones of authority: "Don't you know who you are?"
We were all shocked into silence as she continued: "You are a Red Indian Chief, reincarnated to give the message of the Redman to the White face, so much in need of it. Why don't you get busy? Why don't you set about your job?"
The Chief was moved like one conscience-stricken. He talked not at all on the road back, and the incident was not mentioned for long after. But I know that the strange woman had focussed his thoughts on the mission he had been vaguely working on for some years. He never during his long life ceased to concentrate on what she had termed "his job".
Therefore, after years of research, we have deemed it our duty and our privilege to compile the results of our labours into a concrete message.

* * * * *

When the manuscript was complete we were visited by a Jewish rabbi, a profound scholar, who, after a careful reading, said: "But this is straight Judaism!" We were glad of his endorsement. Some weeks later, two Presbyterian ministers from the Eastern States declared that "it was exactly what the modern Presbyterian Church taught".
A Greek Catholic Archbishop assured us that it was "pure Catholicism, divested of certain rites and ceremonies".
A Quaker said it was just what his Church preached; and a Unitarian minister declared it "the purest Emersonian Unitarianism". Finally, a Mason said it was nothing but the teachings of his Order.
So it would seem that it must be real religion since it is universal, basic and fundamental. As a corollary, then, it must be acceptable to a world seeking a way out of dogma into truth.

* * * * *

In compiling these records of Indian thought and culture, we have been assisted by a committee of men and women whose lives have been given to such studies. Some are Indians; some, White folk. Without their approval, nothing has been included in this book.
The Indians are:
CHIEF STANDING BEAR, Sioux, author of several books on Sioux life.
SUNFLOWER, Sioux, colleague of Standing Bear, lecturer.
WALKING EAGLE.. Ojibway, lecturer, student of Indian life.
OHIYESA (Dr. Charles A. Eastman), Sioux, lecturer, author of books on his own people.
ATALOA, Chickashaw, lecturer, author, former head of Art Department of Bacone College.
JOHN J. MATHEWS, Osage, author, lecturer, graduate of Oxford.
CHIEF OSKENONTON, Iroquois, lecturer, singer.
The Whites are:
MARY AUSTIN, author of many books on Indians and other subjects.
DR. EDGAR L. HEWETT, archaeologist and author, representing the School of American Research, etc.
KENNETH M. CHAPMAN, author, lecturer, representing the Laboratory of Anthropology.
DR. GEORGE BIRD GRINNELL, author, lecturer, life-long student of Indian life.
JAMES MOONEY, author, representing the Smithsonian Institution.
DR. F. W. HODGE, author, lecturer, representing the Southwest Museum.
MRS. LAURA ADAMS ARMER, author, lecturer, member of the Navaho Tribe by adoption.
Thanks are due the publishers, Houghton Mifflin Co., of Boston, for permission to reproduce the extracts from The American Rhythm, by Mary Austin, and for use of the live Indian proverbs in One-Smoke Stories.
Also to E. P. Dutton & Co. for permission to use Hartley Burr Alexander's "God's Drum" and "The Last Song"; to C. L. Douglas, and to the publishers, the Turner Company, Dallas, Texas, for the use of two pages from The Gentlemen in the White Hats; and to the Theodore Presser Co., of Philadelphia, for permission to reproduce the words of "There Is No Unbelief', by Alfred Wooler.

JULIA M. SETON

FOREWORD TO THE 1948 EDITION

Since the last edition of this little book, the Chief has passed on to even greater achievement than was his in this world. But he speaks through these pages with the same sincerity of purpose which dictated the several earlier issues.
Although known best as a writer of animal stories, he dedicated a large part of his life to helping the Indian wherever he could; but more, to helping the Whiteman realize the value of the doctrines by which the Redman lived in the days of his unspoiled grandeur.
Born out of time, as are all great men, he foresaw the need of the world today, and it is with the hope of spreading what he called the Gospel of Manhood that we offer this new edition in love and lasting reverence for the ideals for which he stood.

JULIA M. SETON
Los Angeles, Calif.
Jan. 11, 1948

 

INTRODUCTION

There is no Indian Bible written by an Indian, just as there was no Pentateuch written by Moses, no Tripitika by Buddha, no Dialogues by Socrates, no Gospels written by Christ. All these records were made long after by those who knew their Master in his lifetime, or at least received the traditions of his teachings from those who were privileged to hear his voice.

I have never yet had an Indian tell me fully and frankly the details of his faith; but by respectfully questioning the old men, by assembling their traditions, by noting their customs, by observing their lives, by gathering the records of their prophets, by consulting living Whitemen who knew the Indian in primitive days, and especially by conferring with Indians who were educated as Whites after spending their youth in the ancient war of their people, we have achieved something like a comprehension of the Indian's creed, of his unwritten laws, of his sense of relationship and duty to the Great Oversoul, the Creator and Ruler, as well as to his neighbour and to himself.

In a Continent of this size, with hundreds of different Tribes and variants of culture, there are very different details of established thought. Among these, I have selected the highest and best that were native; and, as a whole, adhered to the philosophies of the great Tribes such as the Sioux, the Cheyenne, the Ojibway, the Iroquois, the Shawnees, the Pueblos, the Navahos, the Aztecs, and the Mayans.

Naturally, I have followed the leaders of thought in these Tribes, attaching especial value to the teachings of Wabasha, Kanukuk, Sitting Bull, Crazy Horse, Wovoka, and the magnificent Tecumseh. My watchword is, "The best things of the best Indians" just as we ourselves hope to be represented by our best brains and kindest lives, not by the ruffians and outlaws that form so large a part of our population.

The Indian teachings in the fields of art, handicraft, woodcraft, agriculture, social life, health, and joy, need no argument beyond presentation; they speak for themselves. They are what we need; and in offering them here, I do so realizing that the Redman is the apostle of outdoor life, his example and precept are what the world needs to-day above any other ethical teaching of which I have knowledge. (1)

But his spiritual message is more important, and less understood.

Oh my, bless you Red Wolf. Yes, if You click on the link, posted just below the photo image of the book, you will be able to read the whole Bible. Enjoy!!!

I loved the reply to the person who berated an Indian for working because 'Sunday was Gods' day!

"Oh, I see, your God comes only one day a week; my God is with me every day and all the time"!

At last I think most of us are learning the way of the 'Red Man' that God is everywhere and we are all connected. Our 'church' is the great outdoors, the sky, the ocean, the rocks . . . . the land and all the diverse creatures and plants put upon this earth.  These are the things that bring me closer to God, and when I am down and sad, I'm drawn to the  river or the ocean, watching the sun bounce its light across the water. If I'm upset or cross, I plunge my hands into the earth and weed like crazy and it always makes me feel better.

From one Eileen to another, many blessings to you, my sister.

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