Day 930 - Day 200
Lifetime Dream # 65 of my list of 155: I will tour the Little Big Horn Battlefield in Billings, Montana. I will observe the historical markers, giving reverence to the Calvary men and Indians who died there. I will bask in the history that I loved and cherished as a child.
Completed On: May 28, 2004
When I was a child in the Boy Scouts of America, I was in a secret organization based off Indian lore. When I became involved in the Order of the Arrow, I became utterly consumed by the study of American Indians and their history, culture, and customs. Part of their past is such an ugly part of America’s past.
To this day I absolutely hate what we did to the nations of this land. I cheered stores of the Nez Perce and Chief Joseph, even made it a point to stop at some historical markers in Yellowstone that were former Nez Perce campgrounds. And when I read of the Little Bighorn Battle, I always felt that karma came into balance that day.
If you’ve never been to the Little Bighorn, honestly… there isn’t much there. It’s a few trees at the bottom of a few rolling hills covered with yellow hay grass. There’s a small creek that you can see from the hill, and quite a few markers of fallen soldiers. For something so simple I was so conversely blown away by the location. It was so peaceful and quiet. Almost as if after that “battle”… the land was forever hushed in an eerie silence paying tribute to the slain soldiers and Indians.
I’ll never forget the battlefield. It was strange that I’d read so very much about the story from so many different points of view, and then to stand there where Custer fell and see the last sights that they saw… it was awe inspiring for such a history nut!