Crazy Horse – Where My Dead Lie Buried
Tasunke Witco, Crazy Horse, was known as the greatest of all Lakota warriors. Crazy Horse: Where My Dead Lie Buried unfolds during the final 14 months of the Lakota war chief’s life. During this time, Crazy Horse battles the U.S. Army, his wife’s sickness, and even his own people.
It is a book of historical fiction that traces Crazy Horse’s life from the Battle of the Little Bighorn (June of 1876) until his death just over a year later on Sept 5, 1877, at Camp Robinson, Nebraska. A death that was foretold to him in a vision when he was a young warrior.
Crazy Horse: Where My Dead Lie Buried reveals the struggle of the Lakota war chief and also the proud people with him; who fight the U.S. Army alongside their leader to keep from being forced onto the reservation. In the end, many of these same people will abandon Crazy Horse, ultimately leading to his death.
He Dog, a large, fine-looking Oglala warrior and Crazy Horse’s kola, rode up out of the cloud of dirt and smoke. His shirtless chest was streaked with blood, and he carried a dead bluecoat’s rifle. “Could it be that the wasicus will now leave us to our children and buffalo?” he said to Crazy Horse.
The Lakota war chief listened while fixed on a particular soldier. The bluecoat wore buckskin pants tucked into high black boots, and his manner seemed to indicate he was a soldier chief. He pulled off his gray campaign hat and dabbed a red handkerchief at the sweat on his forehead, all the while continuing to fire his handgun until he tossed it away when there were no bullets left. A brave man, thought Crazy Horse.
“No, my kola,” Crazy Horse responded to He Dog, “I am afraid you are wrong. This is only the beginning of many sad times that are to come.”
The wasicu soldier chief took a bullet to his right breast. The impact thrust him back against a dead horse, where he landed sitting up. The Lakota leader believed he could make out the thin trace of a smile on the bluecoat’s grimy face.
“Let us go celebrate our great victory today,” Crazy Horse told He Dog,” before the dark time that is to come finds us.”
David Wooten is the author of Crazy Horse: Where My Dead Lie Buried. A longtime student of the West, his interest in Crazy Horse and the Lakota Indians was formed from his time living in Sheridan, Wyoming, which is located in the region where the Lakota leader made his home for much of his life. He is also the author of That’s Here? 25 Historical Places to Visit In & Around Sheridan, Wyoming.