Lakota Noon: The Indian Narrative of Custer's Defeat

Lakota Noon The Indian Narrative of Custer s Defeat In Lakota Noon the Indian participants of the Battle of the Little Bighorn tell their own story of that hot day in June The author s innovative approach allows readers to follow the warriors ont

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  • Title: Lakota Noon: The Indian Narrative of Custer's Defeat
  • Author: Gregory F. Michno
  • ISBN: 9780878423491
  • Page: 475
  • Format: Paperback
  • In Lakota Noon, the Indian participants of the Battle of the Little Bighorn tell their own story of that hot day in June 1876 The author s innovative approach allows readers to follow the warriors onto the battlefield and see the fight through their eyes.

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    1. In law schools and psychology classes across the country, professors like to indulge in an experiment on witness perception: while class is proceeding, a person will run into the room and perform an act, such as stealing the professor's briefcase, before running back out. The class is then polled as to that person's age, gender, race, height, weight, and clothing. The result is usually akin to a visual game of "telephone". When you combine witness perception with the vagaries of human memory, yo [...]

    2. Since I had visited the battlefield known as "Custers last stand" to the army and "Battle on the Greasy Grass" to the Indians, I was keen to read the Indian account of what happened. I had picked up this book at the battlefield shop but didn't read it for five years.The author has used accounts given by Indian participants exclusively. We see the historic victory of 1876 through their eyes. He shows each stage of the battle with a map where the positions of warriors and cavalry are shown. He dis [...]

    3. Having read a plethora of Custer books, from the original "Kick the Dead Lion" and "Custer's Luck" to a variety of more recent offerings, I find Michno's book refreshing and original. This is a book devoted almost entirely to the Native American point of view of the LBH battle. Having some personal experience with the LBH story, as well, (having walked/ridden the battlefield several times), it is clear to me that Michno does a good job of bringing the events and Sioux/Cheyenne accounts into pers [...]

    4. I have to say this is by far the best account I have read of the battle. The author uses the Native American accounts to describe the entire battle. It does not cover the "siege" of Reno. Only his initial attack. That's actually where the book starts. The book advances through the battle in 10 minute increments. Each 10 minutes has a map with each participant, or eyewitness shown on the map, as well as their movements in that period. While that method takes some getting used to on the readers pa [...]

    5. This is an extremely well-researched and well-written book. The story is told in a fascinating manner, tracing the movements of individuals in 10-minute increments. This can be kind of confusing, but the discussion sections of each chapter tie everything together nicely. It is not, however, for easy or casual reading. I would high recommend it to military history buffs in addition to those interested in Native American history.

    6. O. K this is only my second Little Bighorn book, but I thought it was quite good and very different from Philbrick's book. There isn't a lot of "background," and of course no extensive discussion at all of all the infighting between Custer, Reno, Terry, etc. -- this is about the Indians and told from their point of view. But you do get a good appreciation of all the Indian tribes and the subgroups of the Lakota and their allies, and their relationships to each other. The emphasis is on a blow-by [...]

    7. From many standpoints I enjoyed this book. It is a much more balanced approached to the last stand of Custer, than others I have read. I also like that the author brings in many cultural and contextual aspects of that moment in history. It is fascinating to see how his approach in this brings a centering to that history. Custer is neither the arrogant egoist that didn't listen to his scouts nor some kind of gallant, betrayed hero, fighting against overwhelming odds. Additionally this book lends [...]

    8. An essential part of the LBH jigsaw which must be read by anyone who wants to understand what happened on that fateful June day in 1876. These, after all, are the only accounts by participants. An essential text.

    9. Awesome book! You can follow one warrior throughout the entire book or just read the entire book from different warriors perspectives. A book to keep on your bookshelf for sure!

    10. Lakota Noon illuminates the victors of an atrocious battle--while bringing a more indepth dimension to the age-old debate over what transpired at the Little Bighorn.

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