Sunday, May 20, 2007

Crazy Horse

"Never forget your dreams."
“One does not sell the earth upon which the people walk.”
“My lands are where my dead lie buried.”

We also visited the Crazy Horse Memorial in the Black Hills of South Dakota.

Crazy Horse (Lakota: Thašųka Witko, literally "his-is-crazy") (ca. 1840 - 5 Sept 1877) was a respected war leader of the Oglala Lakota, who fought against the U.S. federal government in an effort to preserve the traditions and values of the Lakota way of life.

"A very great vision is needed and the man who has it must follow it as the eagle seeks the deepest blue of the sky. I was hostile to the white man...we preferred hunting to a life of idleness on our reservations. At times we did not get enough to eat and we were not allowed to hunt. All we wanted was peace and to be left alone. Soldiers came and destroyed our villages. Then Long Hair (Custer) came...They say we massacred him, but he would have done the same to us. Our first impulse was to escape but we were so hemmed in we had to fight."

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