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As the other boys planned the great things to be done, he waited for a hole in the wall of talking to wonder whether the soldiers coming tomorrow might wear the coats with the fine bright blue trimming, as when they made the walking lines up at the fort. Maybe there would be even some with red, as he had sometimes seen. No, there would be no red, the son of Man Afraid told him. That was for the men of the wagon guns, for big fighting, not just for taking one Indian from the camp of a white man’s paper chief.
The boys rode for their camp with the news. But it was already known to those at the council lodge. Scouts had reported that the big-talking young Grattan and thirty soldiers were coming, with Lucien, the trader’s son called Wyuse by the Indians, along as interpreter. Again he was not right from the white man’s whisky and got more of the burning cup at the stone trading houses where the soldiers loaded their guns ready for shooting. Most of the Indians of the great encampment were out to see the soldiers come over the ridge to the west and stop a little there to look down on this broad valley with its three great lodge circles and probably twelve hundred warriors.
Your step is good for the ears of an old man—” There have been many dry times since then, but I did not get back before He Dog died. And now my book of Crazy Horse is done. In it I have tried to tell not only the story of the man but something of the life of his people through that crucial time. To that end I have used the simplest words possible, hoping by idiom and figures and the underlying rhythm pattern to say some of the things of the Indian for which there are no white-man words, suggest something of his innate nature, something of his relationship to the earth and the sky and all that is between.