Children's Fiction E99.D1 L733 2004
Summary: The Plains Indian Wars of the nineteenth century garnered enduring fame for certain Indian leaders, their names echoing powerfully even today: Sitting Bull, Crazy Horse, Red Cloud. Just as significant but less well known is Taoyateduta, the man whites called "Chief Little Crow." Taoyateduta did not want to lead his people into a war. But, as he told the Dakota warriors gathered around him in August 1862, "Ta-o-ya-te-du-ta is not a coward: he will die with you." Little Crow: Leader of the Dakota presents to young readers for the first time a portrait of the leader, warrior, and politician at the center of the Dakota War of 1862. Tracing the life of Taoyateduta from his childhood on the banks of the Mississippi River near what is now St. Paul to his death in July 1863, Little Crow offers an accessible and clear account of both the man who led the Dakota into war and the causes behind that wrenching conflict. By the war's end, the Dakota -- who had called Minnesota their home for generations -- were scattered to the four winds, a scattering that lives on as a deep and searing wound in the heart of the Dakota nation today. Book jacket.
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