Crazy Horse's Vision by Joseph Bruchac

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Crazy Horse is among the best known Native American heroes. Yet many people do not know his boyhood name was Curly, inspired by his curly hair.

Curly was a leader even as a young boy, taming wild horses and hunting powerful buffalo. But all his bravery could not prepare him for the trouble he and the other Lakota Indians would face with the white settlers. Wanting to help his people after a fierce battle that mortally wounded Chief Conquering Bear, Curly defied traditional custom and risked his own life by running away, up to the hills, to seek a vision.

Renowned Abenaki author Joseph Bruchac tells a gripping and compelling story of how the dedicated young boy, Curly, grows into the brave warrior Crazy Horse. Sioux artist S.D. Nelson, with paintings inspired by the ledger book style of the Plains Indians, evokes the drama and tragedy of an important figure in American history.


About Joseph Bruchac

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Joseph Bruchac is the author of "Skeleton Man", "The Return of Skeleton Man", "Bearwalker", "The Dark Pond", and "Whisper in the Dark", as well as numerous other critically acclaimed novels, poems, and stories, many drawing on his Abenaki heritage. Mr. Bruchac and his wife, Carol, live in upstate New York, in the same house where he was raised by his grandparents. S. D. Nelson is a member of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe in the Dakotas. He is the author of two previous childrens books, Gift Horse and Star People. School Library Journal called Gift Horse fluid in both narrative and illustrations, and Kirkus called Star People an exemplary offering. He lives in Flagstaff, Arizona. Check out his work at
Published January 30, 2007 by Live Oak Media. 40 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Bruchac (Sacajawea, 2000, etc.) teams up with a Lakota (Sioux) artist for an atmospheric view of the feared and revered Crazy Horse's youth.

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As he did in Gift Horse, Sioux artist Nelson blends contemporary and traditional elements for the striking illustrations that accompany this story of the legendary Lakota warrior. Bruchac (A Boy Calle

Apr 03 2000 | Read Full Review of Crazy Horse's Vision

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