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 www.sdnelson.net.
 
Published January 30, 2007 by Live Oak Media. 40 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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At birth, the child dubbed “Curly” did not cry, but “studied the world with serious eyes,” quietly going on to lead all of the other youths in courage and, having watched his people being gunned down for killing a “wasichu” settler's errant cow, slipping away on a premature vision quest.

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