Remember Little BIghorn: Real life stories

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Rachel Faulkner writes, In the old days, when Native Americans were first threatened by white soldiers, there so happened a battle.

In the old days, when Native Americans were first threatened by white soldiers, there so happened a battle. The Native Americans call it Little Bighorn. To us, we know it as General Custer’s last battle. This tale has been recaptured in a wonderful nonfiction book called Remember Little Bighorn; Indian soldiers and scouts tell their stories and it is written by Paul Robert Walker and John A. Doerner. My younger brother, Branden Faulkner, 10, read the book and gave me a detailed description of it. “I liked the part about the Sundance, and also Custer’s last stand,” he stated from our mother’s library in Greeley on Wednesday. “The Sundance was hosted by Chief Sitting Bull. It was a ritual for the plains Native Americans. The chief danced for hours around a large cottonwood pole….He claimed to have seen a vision of soldiers falling into the Native American village and dying at the hands of the Natives.” When I asked about Custer’s last stand, Branden replied, “Custer had split his soldiers into two groups. The first fled, bur the second, Custer’s regiment, made a brave last fight and most of them were killed by the Native warriors. I feel that the authors described both of these instances amazingly and creativly.” Apparently, the book also involves six people present at the battle. The first is a Native American named One Bull. He was in the Siox tribe, and describes with vivid detail Reno’s charge on the Indian village. The next account was from Pretty White Bull, also as Siox. She witnessed the beginning of the Custer battle, and talks about it dramatically. The next is Major Marcus Reno, mentioned above. He was in Custer’s regiment and describes, in the book, the attack from a white soldier’s perspective. Another soldeir of the attack was Private Charles Windolph, who was a soldier in a hilltop, face-to-face fight. In continuation, one of the Siox Native Americans of that hilltop fight was White Man Runs Him, though this man was not fighting for the Natives. He joined the white army, and descibes in sentimental memory the connection and friendships he made in the white soldiers. Finally, the last character was Black Elk. He details the events after the attack, which I can’t give tell you, because it would give the story away. All in all, the book seems to have been an amazintg read for my ten-year-old brother, so if you like the sound of this book, Branden and I heartily reccomend it to all, young and old.

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  1. Looks good; I’ll have to …
    Looks good; I’ll have to read it along with all my other million books I need to read!

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