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A Legend From Crazy Horse Clan
By: Moses Nelson Big Crow (Eyo Hiktepi)
When he was a child, Moses Nelson Big Crow spent many winter evenings listening to his grandfather tell stories of Lakota life before and after the coming of the white man. As the pampered Hokshi-tokapa, (oldest grandson of the oldest son) Moses regularly got to sleep between Grandma and Grandpa Big Crow in their big iron bed. It was warm, comfortable, and secure to drift off to sleep while grandma sang a lullaby or "gramps" told a story. In the summertime, they all slept outside. Grandma spread blankets and quilts, while gramps brought out his buffalo robe coat. Moses got to sleep on that. At night, under the stars, Moses heard special stories reserved for the Hokshi-tokapa.
A Legend From Crazy Horse Clan is a story for children of all ages. The historian or student of Indian ways will enjoy the book as much as the child of seven, in whose imagination the baby raccoon Mesu embodies all that is faithful and loving in a small furry pet. Listen carefully to the words of Tashia. The symbolic role of m an and of woman is evident throughout the legend. Although the story essentially describes the life of a girl, the narrator is male. Clearly, the legend describes the male viewpoint of manhood, religion, courtship, aging and death. The characters are gentle. yet there is a strong underlying theme of tribal identity. Without a doubt, we are looking at life through the eyes of a warrior.
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