Favorite Kindle Quotes: Adam Fortunate Eagle (3)

As an English and Theater educator from South Dakota, I appreciated the focus on Indigenous Studies. Recently, I re-read Adam Fortunate Eagle’s novel Pipestone: My Life at an Indian Boarding School. Here are a few more great quotes:

“That is the most painful part, and the boy shouts, ‘Ow-wah-high!'”

Adam fortunate Eagle, Pipestone: My Life at An Indian Boarding School

“One thing you can say about Indian boarding school—you don’t get picked on because you’re Indian. We’re all in the same boat. If anything, it’s the mixed ones, the blue eyes, or the short noses like me that get ribbed.”

Adam fortunate Eagle, Pipestone: My Life at An Indian Boarding School

“I’ve been to some of their wakes and their funerals, and they’re as religious as anything. They treat the dead person with such love and respect. They put sacred colors on the face: red on one side, and blue on the other. And, after the wake, they put them in a shallow grave, right near their old home. They put food at their feet for the journey of their soul to the beyond. And, they build a spirit house over the grave, a long low house, as long as the body. That spirit house has a pitched roof, just like a real house, and there’s a hole in the front for gifts and food, and for the relatives to talk to the soul or the spirit. Sometimes the relatives of those people come there and sit by the graves for a while just to keep them company. I guess they tell them how much they’re missed.””

Adam fortunate Eagle, Pipestone: My Life at An Indian Boarding School
If you’ve not read Adam Fortunate Eagle’s work, I’d definitely recommend Pipestone! He tells some hard truths with a sly smile. Check him out in goodreads.
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Dann is an educator, Media & Design Guru, Author, and Public Speaker. He currently serves as Media and Design Specialist at an impressive little Midwestern College where he works directly with faculty to develop effective instructional videos. He has an MFA in Digital Cinema from California's National University, a BSED in English and Theatre Education from the University of South Dakota, and a certificate in Online Education from UW Stout. He was founder and principle owner of Little Prompter, LLC, a teleprompter design and manufacturing company until he sold the company in 2020. Prior to joining Carleton's staff, he taught communication, theatre, and video production for approximately 15 years while working as a professional actor and director--appearing in over forty national and regional commercials and directing and editing dozens of videos and musicals. Dann’s MFA thesis project involved writing and directing an original, full-length musical, filming the entire development and production process, and editing it into an educational DVD entitled How to Write and Produce Your Own High School Musical. His DVD is currently being distributed by Films Media Group.

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