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Crazy Horse Monument
Up there! On the Black Hills mountain,—
A work in progress sculptured in granite;
Of a stern faced warrior, strong and determined:
Unadorned in war bonnet—hair flowing in the wind,
With the White Buffalo Calf Woman’s seven values
Written into his face.
Mounted upon his horse looking,—
His eyes capturing a vision:
Within edges of the sun’s positions;
Amongst the four winds in-between the seasons,
Of Wakan Tanka’s promised for his people,
And resists foreigners trespassing on their territory.
Where now exists tampering of history,
Through lies and destruction that appeases criminals;
Trampling paths with fork tongues and mischief;
For gold! — disrespectful of sacred burial grounds.
The Lakota chieftain led his people,
To defeat Custer at the Little Bighorn River.
1) Crazy Horse Monument: In 1939, Lakota Chief Henry Standing Bear (Mato Naji) wrote to Polish sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski asking him to build the Crazy Horse memorial. In his letter to Korczak, Chief Standing Bear wrote; “My fellow chiefs and I would like the white man to know that the red man has great heroes, too.” Korczak began carving the monument on Thunderhead Mountain located in the Black Hills of South Dakota in 1948.
2) Crazy Horse (T?ašú?ke Witkó): born 1840 Chá? Óha? (‘Among the Trees’ meaning one with nature) and died on Sept. 5, 1877 (age 36-37), Fort Robinson, Nebraska.
3) White Buffalo Calf Woman: a holy woman in Lakota belief who (at a time of severe famine plaguing the Lakota) taught them that if they followed her instructions, — the Lakota would rise again. Buffalo were considered sacred by the Lakota & the beautiful young woman was dressed in white buck skin.
4) The Seven Lakota Values: 1) Praying, 2) Respect, 3) Caring & Compassion, 4) Honesty & Truth, 5) Generosity & Caring, 6) Humility and, 7) Wisdom.
5) Wakan Tanka: The Great Spirit, creator of the Lakota Sioux First Nations people.
6) Black Hills Gold Rush: In 1874, Custer led an expedition into the Black Hills of South Dakota & confirmed earlier reports of placer gold found in French Creek, a tributary of the Cheyenne River, located east of present day Custer, SD. The amount of gold discovered was small however, this led to the massive influx of foreigners into the area setting off the Black Hills gold rush & conflict with the Lakota.
7) Lt. Colonel George Armstrong Custer (1839-1876): a graduate of West Point who achieved promotion to Major General of Volunteers during the American Civil War (1861-1865). Following the end of the civil war, America expanded westward and, Custer assumed command of the newly formed 7th. Cavalry as Lt. Colonel to enforce American objectives of subduing First Nations people & forcing them onto reservations.
8) Little Big Horn River: located in the state of Montana where the Crow Indian Reservation was situated &, where the battle fought between Custer’s 7th. Cavalry & the alliance of Lakota, Northern Cheyenne & Arapaho took place on June 25 & 26, 1876. Custer & his men were defeated at the ‘Battle of the Little Bighorn,’ known as the ‘Battle of the Greasy Grass’ by the Lakota and Plains Native Americans.
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