By Brad D. Lookingbill
- An available and authoritative evaluation of the scholarship that has formed our knowing of 1 of the main iconic battles within the heritage of the yankee West
- Combines contributions from an array of revered students, historians, and battlefield scientists
- Outlines the political and cultural stipulations that laid the root for the Centennial crusade and examines how George Armstrong Custer grew to become its figurehead
- Provides an in depth research of the conflict maneuverings at Little Bighorn, paying particular realization to Indian testimony from the battlefield
- Concludes with a bit studying how the conflict of Little Bighorn has been mythologized and its pervading impact on American culture
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This was the beginning of a war that is best known by the name given by whites: Red Cloud’s War. Studies focusing on Red Cloud, Crazy Horse, or Sitting Bull also deal extensively with this period of Lakota history and explore all the skirmishes and battles of the two‐year war. Some Lakota accounts are included in all of these works, but more interesting Lakota eyewitness accounts can be found, for example, in Eleanor Hinman, “Oglala Sources on the Life of Crazy Horse” (1976), Richard Jensen, Voices of the American West: The Indian Interviews of Eli S.
Golden, CO: Bauu Institute. Michno, Gregory F. 1997. Lakota Noon: The Indian Narrative of Custer’s Defeat. Missoula, MT: Mountain Press. Miller, David Humphreys. 1963. Custer’s Fall: Told by the Indians Who Fought the Battle of Little Bighorn. New York: Bantam Books. , and Black Elk. 1961 (orig. 1932). Black Elk Speaks: Being the Life Story of a Holy Man of the Oglala Sioux. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press. Olson, James C. 1965. Red Cloud and the Sioux Problem. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press.
Such challenges must be mastered, especially if we want our voices to be heard, while connecting modern struggles to historical injustice. This is one of several foundations of American Indian studies. I personally found the ethnographic work of Margot Liberty and John Stands In Timber to be quite effective in telling the Cheyenne story from a Cheyenne perspective. Their work should be honored as an effective model for collaboration, especially between Indian historical informants and mainstream white academics.
A Companion to Custer and the Little Bighorn Campaign by Brad D. Lookingbill