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

By Brad D. Lookingbill

  • An available and authoritative evaluate of the scholarship that has formed our realizing of 1 of the main iconic battles within the heritage of the yank 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 certain consciousness to Indian testimony from the battlefield
  • Concludes with a piece studying how the conflict of Little Bighorn has been mythologized and its pervading impact on American culture

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The significance of the camp circle materialized in the leadership structure of the society. Depending on times and situations, leadership transferred from the leader of a single thiyošpaye to men’s warrior societies (akichita okholakichiye), or during war, to the war chief (blotahunka). During large gatherings, when many tribes convened within one camp circle, the council of chiefs (naca omniciye) had the highest decision‐making power. The council of chiefs consisted of esteemed men, who were too old to actively serve as hunters or warriors.

They pushed away the Kiowa, Arikara, and Crow tribes, establishing their status as the strongest tribe of the northern plains during the first decades of the nineteenth century. This was due to the overpowering numbers of the Lakotas as well as to illnesses that devastated other tribes in the region. Sedentary tribes like the Pawnees and Mandans suffered severely from new illnesses brought by the whites. The Lakotas, who were constantly moving in small bands, were not as affected. Lakota wintercounts, nevertheless, record winters when illnesses struck the Lakotas (Walker 1982).

Little Bighorn Remembered: The Untold Indian Story of Custer’s Last Stand. New York: Crown Publishing. Waggoner, Josephine. 2014. Witness: A Hunkpapha Historian’s Strong Heart Song of the Lakotas. Edited by Emily Levine. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press. Walker, James R. 1982. Lakota Society. Edited by Raymond DeMallie. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press. Walker, James R. 1991. Lakota Belief and Ritual. Edited by Raymond DeMallie and Elaine A. Jahner. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press.

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