The Life and Death of Crazy Horse

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Close-up of a piece of the monument to Crazy Horse, in South Dakota
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The mythology of Native American warriors permeates a vast swath of American history and culture: from the stories we see played out on the big screen to the questionable names of some of our professional sports teams. And among the American Indian warriors, the name that is perhaps best known is that of Crazy Horse, the Sioux warrior famous for his involvement in Custer’s last stand.

But what do we really know about Crazy Horse? How was he perceived among the Sioux, the white population, and other Native American nations? How did he become a legend? And how did he die?

We speak with Thomas Powers, the author of The Killing of Crazy Horse.