The Journey of Crazy Horse

The Journey of Crazy Horse

A Lakota History

Book - 2004
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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 Marshall, himself a Lakota Indian, creates a vibrant portrait of the man, his times, and his legacy.Drawing on 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 Horseis 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.
Publisher: New York : Viking, 2004.
ISBN: 9780670033553
0670033553
Characteristics: xxiv, 310 pages ; 22 cm.

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ManGar
Jan 12, 2020

Joseph M. Marshal III is able to weave historicity with a keen sense of what it means to be human.

This book chronicles the collision of a traditional nomadic way of life almost totally dependent on bison hunts and the onslaught of european immigrants hellbent to secure a sustainable livelihood and even gold fortunes in the American West regardless of the devastating cost to the Lakotas and other tribes.

This is not a cowboy and indians tale but a deeply sensitive narrative of the life, struggles and death of Crazy Horse, his friends and enemies.

This is a story that contrasts the divergent values in two cultures at different levels of technological development.

All aspects of the human experience are palpable: love and hate; compassion and cruelty; generosity and greed; ambition and humility; loyalty and treachery; reverence and pragmatism; nature as nurturer and nature as an exploitable resource.

A fascinating read that resonates with me at a time of worlwide societal upheaval due to global warming, irresponsible extractive industries and continuing clashes between colonizers and the colonized.

Kudos to Mr. Marshall.

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gmvelasco
Dec 13, 2012

The Journey of Crazy Horse brings to life both the person and the legend that Crazy Horse was. Proving previous myths false it accounts through oral histories the life of Crazy Horse. Joseph Marshall is an exemplary author who has written various great tittles but this has got to be my all time favorite. Having read a good quantity of stories and biography's regarding Crazy Horse I am quite certain about the accuracy of this book. It does in fact leave a lot out but nothing that you could easily find in another book about Crazy Horse.

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