Author(s): Joseph Marshall
Jimmy McClean is a young Lakota boy--though you would not guess it by his name: His father is a white man and his mother is Lakota. When he embarks on a journey with his grandfather, Nyles High Eagle, he learns more and more about his Lakota heritage--in particular, the story of Crazy Horse, one of the most important figures in Lakota history. Drawing inspiration from the oral stories of the Lakota tradition and the Lakota cultural mechanism of the "hero story," Joseph Marshall provides readers an insider's perspective on the life of Tasunke Witko, better known as Crazy Horse. Unlike many books written about Crazy Horse, Joseph Marshall traces Crazy Horse's life from birth to his emergence as a warrior in the early 1860s, describing his childhood exploits, training, the overall circumstances of his upbringing, and accomplishments as a warrior and military and civilian leader. Through his grandfather's tales about the famous warrior, Jimmy learns more about his Lakota heritage and, ultimately, himself.
Joseph Marshall III, raised on the Rosebud Sioux Indian Reservation, is an enrolled member of the Sicangu Lakota (Rosebud Sioux) tribe. His internationally acclaimed books include 9 nonfiction works, 4 novels, a collection of short stories and essays and several screenplays. James Mark Yellowhawk is a contemporary Lakota multimedia artist.