Two Leggings was one of the last Crow Warriors From 1919 to 1923 he told his story of Crow life and wars to William Wildschut, an ethnologist with the Museum of the American Indian This is the poignant story of the end of traditional Crow life and attitudes, which Two Leggings saw ending with the last warfare rather than the death of the buffalo Pacific Historian Peter Nabokov is on the faculty of the Department of Anthropology and the American Indian Studies Program, University of Wisconsin, Madison, and the author of Native American Architecture 1988 and editor of Native American Testimony A Chronicle of Indian and White Relations from Prophecy to the Present, 1492 1992 1991....
|Title||:||Two Leggings: The Making of a Crow Warrior|
|Publisher||:||University of Nebraska Press 4th Print edition October 1, 1982|
|Number of Pages||:||242 pages|
|File Size||:||686 KB|
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Two Leggings: The Making of a Crow Warrior Reviews
When I toured Little Big Horn battlefield in August 2009, the tour guide noted that there have been 5000 books written on this battle and that they all contradict each other. Faced with that overwhelming variety of views, I asked her which account of the battle that she recommended. Her response was to purchase the book about Wooden Leg. Wooden Leg was a Cheyenne Indian who grew up before the destruction of the Indian way of life by encroaching whites. His memory for names and details was incredible. He gave explanations for many of the Indian names, including his own. As a runner, he seemed never to tire, so his fellows considered that his legs must be made of wood. My favorite name was Buffalo Dung. This poor fellow ended his days on earth when he was gored by a buffalo. I am sure these names suffer in translation. They seem strange to my ear, but must have seemed quite natural to the Cheyenne.
Peter Nabokov reached this books for at least several years employing a friend as a helper and Guide. The education he received from the job was life changing.
In 1919, anthropologist William Wildschut, living in Billings, Montana, at the time, befriended Crow Indian chief Two Leggings, who was living along the Bighorn River. Wildschut was interested in gathering Two Leggings's reminiscences. Bringing translators with him, Wildshut met with Two Leggings at his homestead over a lengthy period of time and wrote his memoirs down. The final 480-page manuscript was deposited in the archives of the Museum of the American Indian, where Peter Nabokov discovered it. Nabokov reworked Wildschut's manuscript somewhat, usually tightening up his expansive style, and this is the result.
If you are interested in learning about spiritual power--sometimes referred to as medicine--amongst the plains Indians, then this book is for you. It discusses Two Leggings search for power through traditional vision quest and his inability to receive anything substantial. Ultimately, he receives something of value extended to him by his father-in-law. Also covered is what happens when a person makes a committment to spirit then dishonors that committment--the colapse and end of Sun Dance for the Crow people until it is returned years later through the Shoshone people.
This book is among my all time favorites in Native American studies. Two Leggings was not the greatest or the most famous of the Crows, but he seemed true to his culture. This gave the book the very rare feel of cultural and spiritual authenticity. Bueno.