Friday, October 19, 2007

[NativeVue] The Journey of Crazy Horse: A Lakota History

The Journey of Crazy Horse: A Lakota History
By Joseph M. Marshall III

book cover

Reviewed by Ernest M. Whiteman III

"Crazy Horse is the only Indian Man that Indian Men are allowed to be in love with."

This book represents a Lakota history in the truest sense. In that  Joseph M. Marshall is a Lakota himself, raised by family and grandfathers,  taught to give respect to, take part in and most importantly, be responsible to a Lakota way of life. At the center of that lifestyle, according to Marshall, stands the Oglala leader Crazy Horse.

Marshall was raised on the Rosebud Reservation hearing the deeds of Tasunke Witko, so much so that like most (if not all) Native men, developed a mythological image of the historically patina-coated figure called Crazy Horse. The man that has gotten lost in a haze of sepia tones and boyhood dreams. Marshall writes in hopes of connecting to that figure that is constantly forgotten about when set along side of the legend...The Journey of Crazy Horse: A Lakota History

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