Joseph Marshall is an excellent writer, storyteller and intellectual. I've read him before--I believe it was a collection of Lakota stories that had been passed to him by relatives--so I expected this to be good as well. I wasn't disappointed, but I was somewhat astonished at just how much there was for me to learn. Like many non-Indians interested in Native America, I guess I must have assumed I already knew most of what there is to know about the Lakota struggles to preserve their land and way of life. But while I knew the gist of the Crazy Horse story, I certainly did not know him as a "real" person--a son, brother, husband, humble man, and somewhat reluctant leader. I also did not realize how close his legacy and character still are to modern, living people.
I say Marshall is intellectual--and he is--but much of his understanding comes from his upbringing and closeness to loving family members who were, of course, older and closer in time to Crazy Horse. It's apparent when I think about it that Marshall is also well educated in more formal, book-and-classroom sort of ways, but these sources are not distinguished by him. He appears to feel that there need be no distinction between highly formalized and more informal learning because knowledge and understanding, whatever their source, are good.
I'm grateful for the lessons learned here. Even though I'm not of Lakota heritage, I feel that Marshall shares what he knows in the hope that any reader can both enjoy and learn from what he tells. I come away from this book entertained, sobered, more respectful, and desiring to keep learning. I'm pretty sure that anyone who listens to this book will come away greatly enriched.
It seems like a grandfather telling a story of his life and culture. The life of Crazy Horse is important, of course, but the story was much more. It was a story of who a Lakota is and why he is. I also could relate it to our current wars and how we are trying to change the cultures and lives of the Afgan people. We think for the best, but how we destroy so much in order to have the change\
Mr. Marshall was just excellent. I had tears in my eyes as the death unfolded. I could feel the grief of the parents, tribe, friends.. The loss of a great leader and the loss of a great culture
I felt like I was sitting at the foot of a wise grandfather who was telling me how to be a better man by telling me a story of a great warrior and why he was a better man
Written with great respect and love, this is not really history. It is more like a tale one would tell to the youngsters around the fire in the evening ... the story of a beloved ancestor. It is a good book, if this is what you are looking for. I was looking for a more researched approach to history than this.
This is a must for any one who cares to know the truth about how this country came to be what it is today. I would highly recommend any work that Joseph Marshall has every attempted. Listen closely to his narrations and I defy anyone to tell me that his words aren't spoken from his heart. Mr. Marshall I am sixty two years old and can say without any hesitation that your words have brought a joy and pride to my soul of my Mescalero Apache heritage, that I have not felt for many years. I too can remember the stories of my grandmother when I was a child, stories told by her grandmother to her of our people and after hearing The Journey of Crazy Horse so many of those old memoirs came flooding back, that I had forgotten so many years ago. You are truly blessed with a talent that is rarely found and may I encourage you to use it often because you will always have a enthusiastic fan hear in Texas.
Thanks For The Memoirs,
I loved the Author's storytelling style. His voice is the story of Crazy Horse in my mind. This telling provides an incredible amount of history that I had never heard told from this perspective of both the Era of time in which he lived but especially how they lived. the break down and cinematic telling of the life changing vision of "His Horse is Crazy" and the reiteration of it at the pinnacle of the story was worth listening to over and over.
This is not only a fantastic glimpse into a sad saga of America history but a masterpiece in storytelling! Job well done by the author on the research, writing and narration. Don't miss this one!
The Indian history of who Sitting Bull was is vastly different than the white man's story. Sitting Bull was a very moral and courageous man. His bravery as a young man entitled him to many followers. His reputation for courage and insightfulness brought the tribes together when their very existence was threatened
Learning about Sitting Bulls life was interesting. It helped to see the true spirit of the great man. The least interesting were all the chapters spent repeating his exploits over again. It was rather choppy and did not flow as easily as "The Lakota Way".
A special story of one dominant Native American culture of the Great Plains. As author Marshall walks us through the life and circumstance of the Lakota, we become aware of the honorable ways of the people prior to the arrival of the white man. Their values, the heirarchy of leadership and how they nurchured their way of life. We come to appreciate Crazy Horse their soft spoken, kind and thoughtful leader by following his thoughts andn actions. CH respects and learns well from his primary mentor, and uses these life lessons to emerge as the respected legendary leader of his people
The white mans presence, way and sheer numbers were devastating and totally contradicting to Lakota culture. Attempts at peaceful discussions, while approached perhaps occasionally sincerely from both sides, were invariably short lived due to the overwhelming numbers , technology advantages of the white-man and governance incompatibilities/objectives of the two cultures
Be sure to listen to stay and or listen to audio chapter 9 which is a very balanced retrospective of the Lakota and US cultural clash and thoughts of the takeaways artfully told four generations from CRazy Horse's timeframe