The Day the World Ended at Little Big Horn: a Lakota History

May 15th, 2009 | By | Category: 20-4: Tribal College Leadership and Vision, Media Reviews

By Joseph M. Marshall III
Penguin Group (2007)

Review by James Thull

This book is a very detailed account of the battle of Little Big Horn and its eventual impact on the Lakota. The events are recounted primarily from the Lakota perspective. The author, who is Lakota, has described in great detail the battle, the events surrounding it, and the aftermath for the Lakota.

Marshall gives impressive details, especially those about the Indian camp that General Custer and the 7th Calvary attacked on that June day in 1876. The author has provided estimates, with sound rationale, on the number of lodge poles, hides, horses, and tons of meat that were likely to have been found in the camp that day.

The book is informative and easy to read. The author provides a note on the resources used and a bibliography, but he does not provide citations in the text. I recommend this book for high school, public, and junior college libraries.

James Thull is a reference librarian at Montana State University-Bozeman and the assistant coordinator of the Tribal College Librarians Institute.

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