Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press, 1968. First Edition. 84pp. Octavo [24 cm] Tan cloth with the title on the backstrip. Near fine/Near fine. Item #3405
Fifty-years after the Battle of the Little Big Horn, Chief Joseph White Bull (Pte-san-hunka) of the Miniconjou subband of the Teton Sioux drew and annotated a pictograph account of his personal exploits in which he claimed to have killed General Custer. For historians, the question of Custer's death may never be settled satisfactorily, but White Bull's contention was supported by Stanley vestal, who made him the subject of a biography; and he did unquestionably take part in the fight. In addition to three views of his hand-to-hand combat with Custer, White Bull depicted hunts, horse-stealing expeditions, intertribal battles, and other tribal activities in which he took part as a youth. The narrative also includes a written winter account, or traditional calendrical history of the Teton Sioux covering some one hundred years. All of the thirty-nine pictographs are reproduced, sixteen in color.