The Journey of Crazy Horse

The Journey of Crazy Horse

by Joseph M. Marshall III

Overview: Most of the world remembers Crazy Horse as a peerless warrior who brought the U.S. Army to its knees at the Battle of Little Bighorn. But to his fellow Lakota Indians, he was a dutiful son and humble fighting man who—with valor, spirit, respect, and unparalleled leadership—fought for his people’s land, livelihood, and honor. In this fascinating biography, Joseph M. Marshall, himself a Lakota Indian, creates a vibrant portrait of the man, his times, and his legacy.

Thanks to firsthand research and his culture’s rich oral tradition (rarely shared outside the Native American community), Marshall reveals many aspects of Crazy Horse’s life, including details of the powerful vision that convinced him of his duty to help preserve the Lakota homeland—a vision that changed the course of Crazy Horse’s life and spurred him confidently into battle time and time again.

The Journey of Crazy Horse is the true story of how one man’s fight for his people’s survival roused his true genius as a strategist, commander, and trusted leader. And it is an unforgettable portrayal of a revered human being and a profound celebration of a culture, a community, and an enduring way of life.

Deanna Boe (02/03/18): What an interesting and unique book about the Lakota Indian Chief Crazy Horse. It easily grabs your attention if you happen to enjoy reading about what happened in our part of the United States not all that long ago. What adds to the value of this book is the fact the author is of Lakota ancestry. For those of you who have seen the monument that is slowly being carved in the Black Hills, it gives added meaning as to why they are doing it. Unfortunately, it won’t be finished in my lifetime. I must admit I knew very little about Crazy Horse until I read this book. Sadly our history books tell us little about what actually happened to the Native Americans when settlers crossed the United States in search of better land or as in South Dakota, gold. It has been pointed out that those who “win” the war are thus able to write the history of the battles. Our treatment of the Indians is shameful and you will better understand their viewpoint and why they fought as hard as they did, after all, they were fighting for their way of life which is not taught enough in our history classes.

Crazy Horse is usually remembered for the Battle of Little Bighorn, or as the Lakota’s called it the Battle of Greasy Grass or most simply refer to it as Custer’s Last Stand. But, that should not be the only reason to remember Crazy Horse. He was a great leader who showed compassion towards his people and great guidance. He was humble and never would have approved of the way he has been viewed in movies and pictures with a long, flowing feathered headdress. He was fighting “for his people’s land, livelihood, and their honor.”

Marshall is able to draw upon oral history in his research about Crazy Horse. In so doing, he is capable of portraying Crazy Horse as a modest man who happened to have a dream that lead him to have the courage and vision to fight long and hard for what Crazy Horse felt was right for the Lakota Indians. Interesting enough, Crazy Horse was born with light and curly brown hair which made him stand out from the rest. It was perhaps this unusual feature that set him apart and made him somewhat of a loner who often went off to contemplate what he should do for his people.

With all of the Buffalo gone, they no longer had enough food to eat, or material for the tepees and their clothing. It was with great sorrow and distress Crazy Horse lead his people into the fort to admit defeat. They had to surrender their horses and their weapons. Interestingly enough it was fellow Indians who had previously given up and hung around the Fort who finally convinced Crazy Horse to surrender. They had remained jealous of Crazy Horse and how he had continued to live the life they all still missed. Crazy Horse had qualities that had eluded others for a lifetime. These Indians had been given the name “Loafers” because all they did was hang around the Fort and wait for their free handouts or annuities. One in particular had always been jealous of Crazy Horse and now he had wormed his way into a leadership role at the Fort. Indirectly he could be held responsible for the soldier who killed Crazy Horse by stabbing him in the back.
Rating: ****

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