Indian Child Life

Read by LibriVox Volunteers

(4.6 stars; 70 reviews)

The author was raised as an American Indian and describes what it was like to be an Indian boy (the first 7 chapters) and an Indian Girl (the last 7 chapters). This is very different from the slanted way the white man tried to picture them as 'savages' and 'brutes.'Quote: Dear Children:—You will like to know that the man who wrote these true stories is himself one of the people he describes so pleasantly and so lovingly for you. He hopes that when you have finished this book, the Indians will seem to you very real and very friendly. He is not willing that all your knowledge of the race that formerly possessed this continent should come from the lips of strangers and enemies, or that you should think of them as blood-thirsty and treacherous, as savage and unclean. (Summary by author's preface) (2 hr 42 min)


00 - A Letter to the Children 5:20 Read by Phil Chenevert
01 - "The Pitiful Last" 9:39 Read by Lucretia B.
02 - Early Hardships 11:41 Read by Lucretia B.
03 - An Indian Sugar Camp 7:25 Read by Lucretia B.
04 - Games and Sports 11:45 Read by Lucretia B.
05 - An Indian Boy's Training 11:47 Read by Mike Pelton
06 - The Boy Hunter 10:30 Read by Mike Pelton
07 - Evening in the Lodge 16:26 Read by Mike Pelton
08 - Winona's Childhood 7:53 Read by Mike Pelton
09 - Winona's Girlhood 8:22 Read by Debra
10 - A Midsummer Feast 10:11 Read by Mike Pelton
11 - The Faithfulness of Long Ears 13:30 Read by Debra
12 - Snana's Fawn 11:09 Read by Debra
13 - Hakadah's First Offering 12:50 Read by Debra
14 - The Grave of the Dog 14:26 Read by Debra


Living like a real Indian child!

(4.5 stars)

Seven-year-old Jonah says, "This book is really realistic, telling about Indian life and how they survived. I really enjoyed this book because it makes me feel like I was there, like I was growing up as an Indian boy. From this book, I learned how you can make sparks for a fire by knocking flint and steel together. This book makes me want to go spend time out in the woods, doing the things that the Indian children did. I highly recommend this book!"


(4.5 stars)

History has always been written by the victors. I grew up near Black Hawk State Park IL. From an early age I was aware of many proud people from many tribes at the annual Pow wows. This excellent book shows how well the youth were taught discipline, honor and respect. Knowledge of survival taught from their elders.

very enlightening

(5 stars)

the chapters in this book give what appears to be an authentic glimpse into the life of an Indian child in olden times. a big thank you to LibriVox the readers and the author for this captivating and valuable little book.

(2 stars)

We enjoyed the book, except one of the narrators reads without pausing as if there were no punctuation. It made several chapters hard for a child to understand.

wonderful stories!

(5 stars)

I adore this book. It is a treasury of stories long remembered and preserved for us. A great book for young and old alike!


(5 stars)

This book is worth your time. Beautiful description of what life was like growing up as a native American.


(4.5 stars)

I really enjoyed the stories and narration