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Thursday, October 25, 2007

A good book

I just read a really fine book, "The Day the World Ended at Little Bighorn" by Joseph M. Marshall III, published by Viking Press.
The unique thing about this book is that the author is both a full blood Lakota and an historian.
Needless to say, this is the story of the battle from the Lakota viewpoint, plus events leading up to it and afterward. If all you know is the story told in history books or movies or tv, even ones supposedly sympathetic to Indians, you will discover every thing you thought you knew was wrong. On the other hand, if, like many of us, you have gone out of the way to find the true story, you may not learn much new here. However, it is still very much worth reading, if only for the author's unique, thoughtful, articulate, and passionate analysis.
There were a number of places where I was forced to rethink old, standard ideas, even though I knew the true story already.
Also worth while is the story of reservation life the next generation or so after the battle, and what the battle still means to modern Lakota.
I would absolutely recommend this book for any friends or relatives whose only knowledge of the so called "Indian wars" comes from old movies, but for any of you as well.
Don't forget drum practice friday at Ellen's.
I still don't have the prison dates handy, I'll get them.
The Northern Illinois University powwow is the first saturday in November. I don't have any more info right now, but it's always a good one.


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