My Indian Boyhood

$13.00 each


This first-person account of Luther Standing Bear's traditional childhood is an antidote to the stereotype-laden children’s books.



Standing Bear writes about his boyhood as Ota K’te (Plenty Kill), far from the change that was rapidly approaching. Born into a strong, traditional Lakota family in the 1860s, he was taught to trap and catch game, and then serious training followed. Learning to ride, hunt and fish—first though play and games and then through observing he adults and the natural world—Ota K’te, far from the wars with the encroaching whites, was “alive and living was a joy to him.” As an elder, Standing Bear tell the stories of his early life in a way that young readers will find not only interesting, but exciting as well. This first-person account of Standing Bear’s traditional childhood is an antidote to the stereotypic children’s books written about the “Sioux” from the perspective of outsiders.



Author: Luther Standing Bear (Oglala), with an introduction by Delphine Red Shirt (Oglala)

Binding Availability: Paperback 

Published: (1933) 1988

Tribes/Ethnic Groups: Lakota