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  • Paperback: 389 pages
  • Publisher: Bison Books; 2nd Revised edition edition (1 Oct. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803282885
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803282889
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 2.1 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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This is a book you cannot put down. From the endless skirmishes with the Crow enemy to the climactic Battle of the Little Bighorn, from everyday detail of camp life to the thrill of major organised buffalo hunts. This book covers all the aspects of Cheyenne life on the plains. As a first hand account from one who was there at the time, this is a story that can never be repeated. To his great credit, Marquis has avoided the temptation to "ghost write" Wooden Leg's story as was common enough for many other period books on Western characters. Consequently, it is as near as one can get to Wooden Leg's own words without actually writing the book in the original Cheyenne. I do not think the character and values of the people of the plains could be more clearly communicated in any other way. This is an essential read for anyone even remotely interested in the plains Indians and still worthwile even if you are not.
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According to the recipient of this Christmas Gift (my husband). This is a first-class account, from the Native American perspective, of the Battle of Little Bighorn.
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An excellent read looking at a sad period of history that is only ever really viewed from the wrong side. The life style of the plains Indians before the invasion of white people must have been idyllic. In many ways a very sad read that sees a once very proud people humiliated by greed.
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Written as truly to the words of the warrior, this story is a story of courage, honour, connection with his environment, connection with spirit. It also tells of heartache, of the loss of a way of life and of the bewilderment of the progression of 'civilisation'. Truly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book is a gift to humankind 30 July 2005
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About five months ago I became a father to a beautiful and wonderful little boy. Every time I look at him and hold him I think of him as a gift. I don't mean that in a religious way, because that is not my belief. I am currently reading Wooden Leg for the second time in about 10 years. In reading this book, I realized that it too is a gift. Thomas Marquis, Wooden Leg and his Cheyenne compatriots who gave of their time and memories accomplished a tremendous service to the literature and history of a time that we will never see again. It was a beautiful life, though, to be sure, it had its share of horrors. In this book you will learn about nineteenth century Cheyenne culture and religion. You will read and be enthralled at Wooden Leg's recounting of Custer's Last Stand. Marquis, who acted as his own interpreter through sign language, did a wonderful job at arranging and organizing all of the stories related to him to make it into a cohesive read. I am very surprised that I am the first to review this book. Other "gift" books include Plenty Coups, Two Leggings and Memoirs of a White Crow Indian (the story of Thomas Leforge). I could go on, but this is a wonderful start. Enjoy these gifts and share them with someone special.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary 5 Nov. 2015
By John R. Fox - Published on Amazon.com
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One of the most important books I have ever read. This rich, moving, entertaining, and touching autobiography is simply extraordinary. Wooden Leg tells a fantastic story of the Cheyenne's life on the plains and their battles with the other tribes and with the U.S. Army. He explains tribal customs and society and how they tried to adapt to the white man's coming. This is an extraordinary book that i will definitely read again. My heart sings knowing that Wooden Leg has gone to the Great Hunting Ground and is again sharing buffalo meat with his fellows.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Rare Look Into Cheyenne Life From One Who Lived It. 25 Feb. 2013
By Larry D. Harris - Published on Amazon.com
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Seldom do you see into the Cheyenne and plains Indian culture from a Cheyenne who lived and crossed both worlds from the traditional free roaming nomads to the reservation period. This is a well written, first person account, that is not embellished or edited to make a statement or to make the Indian what we would like him to be. It is raw and real. This is a must read for any student or lover of the plains Indians as they really were.
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING ACCOUNT 15 Sept. 2016
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this book is 296491!#@#%5- amazing. Just wanted to emphasize my point here with an bleeped expletive. :)
It I believe is one of the most detailed accounts of native Lakota Sue life in the 19th century and of the Little Big Horn battle.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wooden Leg. 2 Dec. 2015
By kurt seraphine - Published on Amazon.com
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One of the better plains Indian autobiographies. Small details about the Sioux Indians that would be lost to the world without this book. Buy it..
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