The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 36, July 1932 - April, 1933 Page: 234
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
of Rupert N. Richardson's on the Comanches and with Stanley
Vestal's study of Sitting Bull. It is an attempt, apparently very
successful, to see life through Indian eyes. The struggle of the
white man was so bloody, his hatred so intense, that for a long
time it was almost impossible for the white man to tell the In-
dian's story. The white man could not see through Indian eyes
because of the blood in his own.
These recent scholars and investigators are giving the Indian
an inning. Such men as Chief Buffalo Child Long Lance and
Wooden Leg are in their old age showing us their view of the
So far as the story of the Custer fight is concerned, this ac-
count probably adds little that the historian did not already
know. It supplements various accounts, and shows how the In-
dians came together prior to the battle. Wooden Leg is quite
emphatic in his conviction that most of Custer's men killed them-
selves or killed one another. Wooden Leg said that the Custer
men went crazy. The reason they went crazy was because of
whiskey. He knows they had whiskey because he and others got
the metal flasks after the fight. It is quite probable that some
of Custer's men killed themselves rather than fall into the hands
of the Indians. Wooden Leg also attacks the story that the In-
dians knew Custer or purposely spared Long Hair (as Custer
was called) from mutilation. As to the report that Custer was
spared mutilation, Wooden Leg said, "I do not know why he was
spared, if such was the case. I never heard of any one's favoring
any dead man there."
The greatest value in this book, as before stated, is not in its
contribution to our knowledge of the tactics and strategy of the
battle of the Little Big Horn. It is in the revelation of the life
and the mind of the Indian. It presents the clearest picture of
tribal life that the reviewer has seen. One learns how the tribe
was organized, how the horseshoe camp was set up with the open-
ing of the tents facing the east. The constitution of the war-
rior societies is explained and their function made clear. The
organization of the whole band was so excellent that the whole
village could move and set up at a new place with the efficiency
of a modern circus. The marriage contract and relation is
given. The way of making arrows is told, and the difference
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