Ed McGaa (Eagle Man) was born on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota and was a registered tribal member of the Oglala Sioux. He received his Bachelor's degree from St. John's University and earned a law degree from the University of South Dakota. He studied under Chief Eagle Feather and Chief Fool's Crow, both influential Sioux holy men, and was honored by the Sioux for having participated six times in the Sun Dance ceremony.
He also served as a fighter pilot in the Marine Corps in Vietnam, receiving eight air medals and two Crosses of Gallantry, and was recommended for a Distinguished Flying Cross. Later in life he gave workshops and wrote books about spiritual life. He passed away on August 25, 2017.
- An authentic Oglala Sioux medicine man's perspective
- An emphasis on spirituality that uses nature as its primary source
- Insight into the contemporary practice of Native American spirituality