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A Companion to Custer and the Little Bighorn Campaign by Brad D. Lookingbill

By Brad D. Lookingbill

  • An available and authoritative review of the scholarship that has formed our realizing of 1 of the main iconic battles within the historical past 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 designated cognizance to Indian testimony from the battlefield
  • Concludes with a piece interpreting how the conflict of Little Bighorn has been mythologized and its pervading effect on American culture

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The ability and will of interpreters can be contested, and words on paper did not mean much to Indians at that point in time. They hardly knew they had agreed not to fight each other. In fact, the Lakotas and the Crows continued their skirmishes as if no treaty had been made (DeMallie 2001b, 794–795). A greater problem for the Indians was the article that appropriated certain areas for certain tribes. These were not actual reservations but hunting grounds the government had allocated to each tribe.

Joseph Epes Brown’s The Sacred Pipe: Black Elk’s Account of the Seven Rites of the Oglala Sioux (1989) gives additional information on Lakota religious ceremonies. t h e l a k o ta s i o u x  15 Lakota mythology explains Lakota origins and their relationship with the universe. Understanding Lakota views is instrumental in seeking an interpretation of Lakota behavior. For example, in 1890 a religion known as the Ghost Dance promised the return of the buffalo by dancing a certain dance. By then the buffalo was almost hunted to extinction by the whites.

Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press. Standing Bear, Luther. 1978 (orig. 1933). Land of the Spotted Eagle. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press. Utley, Robert M. 1994. The Lance and the Shield: The Life and Times of Sitting Bull. New York: Ballantine Books. Vestal, Stanley. 1989 (orig. 1932). Sitting Bull: The Champion of the Sioux. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press. Vestal, Stanley. 1984 (orig. 1934). Warpath: The True Story of the Fighting Sioux Told in a Biography of Chief White Bull. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press.

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