Red Cloud: A Lakota Story of War and Surrender — 7 Comments

  1. I’m ashamed to say my knowledge and education of American Indian history is weak. I learned a lot reading this book, as told from the perspective of Red Cloud.

The book covers a lot of strategy and events of different battles, which is not a personal interest of mine but would be for certain students. This book does not need to be used in full. A teacher could use sections when teaching about this time period or specifically about the American Indians. The information presented in this book is especially relevant to our students since it takes place in the Midwest.

    When I was young, my family spent many vacations in the Black Hills, the area that belonged to the Lakota. Paha Sapa is the Lakota name for the Black Hills. The mention of this phrase brought back fond memories for me because I had learned it as a kid. Students from Minnesota might feel more of a connection with the events described in this book if they have traveled to the Black Hills.

    The book presents American history from the Native American perspective, which is necessary for our students to know.

    The author does not sugarcoat the death and destruction caused by either the U.S. government or the Native Americans.

    After all that Red Cloud did to reject and fight for his people, I got a lump in my throat when he knew it was time to surrender. “There comes a time when a chief must admit that the enemy is too powerful, that to keep fighting will only end with the complete destruction of everything he loves.”

  2. This was a great book about the Lakota Native Americans. I really enjoy books that incorporate both illustrations and authentic pictures with captions. I feel it gives the reader a greater understanding of what life what like. The picture of the buffalo skulls was so crazy to comprehend! I would recommend this book as a read aloud for our social studies teacher when learning about the Lakota.

  3. A beautifully compiled story, with timelines, illustrations, and a narrative, I thought this book was very well done. It did a good job of explaining inherent conflicts between Native Americans and white settlers, and also explained the violent actions on both sides without trying to indict or exonerate. While a good introduction to this history, it truly is a “tip of the iceberg” story, and would need a lot of supplemental materials to get a clearer picture of the events and peoples discussed. While it is a great introduction for young historians, I felt the echo of so much that was missing from such an abbreviated history.

  4. This is definitely an insight to the early days of settling the Plains through the eyes of the Lakota. I have usually read about it from the perspective of the Manifest Destiny but this book really shows what it was like as a Native American. It is laid out well, pleasant to the eye, yet filled with good amounts of history! Well done!

  5. I liked that this book was told from the perspective of Red Cloud. I also thought the timeline and illustrations were nice. This book could be used with a Minnesota history lesson or a Midwest history lesson.

  6. I personally learned much about the Lakota tribe through this book. I had not realized that the Lakota tribe hated and fought with other tribes. I also did not know very much about Red Cloud and his victorious battle against the U.S. army. I am quite appreciative that this book was written for a readable level of fourth through sixth graders to understand. Lots of Native American books in my library have too high of a reading level, and are not reader friendly for the average elementary student. This book is.

  7. I liked this book. Kids are getting more into non-fiction books and I think books like this help. I liked how the pictures could be geared to more age groups with the comparison. Our history and different cultures are so important for kids to understand and have good fit books for them to want to read.

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