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The Crazy Horse monument under construction in the Black Hills.

Writer Bill Matson and three descendants of Crazy Horse - brothers Floyd Clown, Don Red Thunder and Doug War Eagle – will return to North Platte at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 31.

At A to Z Books, they will present and talk about their book, Crazy Horse: The Lakota Warrior's Life & Legacy (Gibbs-Smith.)

A to Z Books is downtown at 115 W. Fourth, across the street from the North Platte Public Library.

Crazy Horse left legends of glory and tragedy, and the final years of his tribe's freedom.

The book, written by Matson from the oral history of the three brothers, was published a year ago. Since then, the authors have toured the United States and Europe. They stopped in North Platte soon after the book was published and spoke to a crowded room.

This book fills voids in the saga of Crazy Horse and the Lakota, providing detailed accounts from the perspective of his family, accompanied by photographs.

In the book, the Edward Clown family clarifies inaccuracies and shares their story, including what it means to them to be Lakota.

The name Clown was given to Floyd’s ancestor Amos by the government agency. When asked his name, Amos said he was a Heyoka, which is someone who gets their power from the thunder beings and heals others through laughter. The government did not have a word for that. So they gave him the name Clown.

His actual name was Old Eagle and (his wife) Julia's name was Iron Cedar. Iron Cedar was Crazy Horse's youngest sister.

The brothers share the family genealogy, the motivations of Crazy Horse, his life and death, and why they kept their knowledge quiet for so long before finally deciding to tell the truth as they know it.

The Lakota and related tribes, the Nakota and Dakota, were the true inhabitants of the Northern High Plains. The Black Hills, which remains a special place, was their sacred grounds.

As Matson and the three brothers wrote on the book, as well as the documentary film that preceded it, they traveled to places the brothers only knew through stories, verifying the accuracy the oral history.

Several of those places are pictured in the book.

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 8/29/2017
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