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.
If understanding the way of native culture is of interest to you. Then this is a book for you. The story of Crazy Horse's life is an incredibly human story. And one I believe anyone looking for a strong and real human to look to should know this story. Thank you Joseph Marshall.
Enjoyed this story very much. An original American. A brave warrior and leader. Definitely inspired others to defend their lands and way of life.
Very entertaining and informational, an excellent history of the nation that was in North America before we "dicovered" it. We can never lose this part of our history.
riveting, personal, spiritual
nothing for this specific topic and oral history
question doesn't make sense for this story telling by there author
not possible, but I finished it very quickly
This oral history jives well with various 'scholarly' histories of the events and times. But is delves much deeper into the Lakota perspective on the times.