Hundred in the Hand

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The first in a series of groundbreaking novels about the American West from the Lakota perspective

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Editorial Reviews

David Treuer
I've always suspected that cowboys are really Indians in disguise. Joseph Marshall's astonishing new Western is proof…Marshall has tapped into an old form and infused it with a slightly different brand of knowledge to produce a swift, compelling read. Simply put, if you like Westerns, you'll love this one.
—The Washington Post
Joseph Marshall is a Lakota Sioux who grew up on the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota. Often published as a historian of his people, Marshall here presents his first novel in a proposed series of Lakota Westerns. Cloud, the central character, is a young Sioux warrior who sees the "Long Knives," the American army, especially those stationed at Fort Kearny, as a threat to the Lakota nation and its way of life. He and the leaders of the Sioux and Cheyenne who live along the Bozeman Trail plot carefully and successfully carry out the battle of "Hundred in the Hand," killing 80 soldiers in what is known to American history as the Fetterman massacre of l866. Marshall claims to write his story in the traditional oral style of the Lakota. Traditional or not, the novel is written in an excellent storytelling style. Cloud and his young redheaded wife (the Lakota found her as a two-year-old wandering lost on the Plains) search to find and maintain their identity as Lakota in the midst of an ever-invading line of blue-clad soldiers and covered wagons full of settlers. Fast-moving battle scenes are interwoven with an account of the birth of Cloud's first child in a symbolic ending to this well-told tale. Age Range: Ages 12 to adult. REVIEWER: Patricia Moore (Vol. 42, No. 1)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781433229855
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/1/2008
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Pages: 1
  • Product dimensions: 5.42 (w) x 7.42 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

Joseph M. Marshall III was born and raised on the Rosebud Sioux Reservation and holds a PhD from the reservation university, which he helped to establish. The award-winning author of ten books, including Hundred in the Hand, The Lakota Way, and The Journey of Crazy Horse, he has also contributed to various publications.

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