For years, this Monument stood as a tribute only to US Army soldiers and others who fought for the end result of taking over the land and driving the original inhabitants from this place for the sake of "progress.
Anyone who first settled a place would be understandably and emotionally tied to the land and should rightfully be allowed to consider that land his or her own....Unfortunately, this was not necessarily the case, and still isn't in many parts of the globe.
However, at least, now, some tribute and recognition is given to the Native Americans who first settled and dwelled in the land and fought in this battle.
In Italics below, I have copied ad pasted some information from Wikipedia as well as Monument literature:
"A Bill passed by US Congress years ago, mandated that this Monument be changed to the name shown above and that markers of Sioux/Lakota and Arapahoe warriors be place on the grounds on various locations. Markers honoring the Indians who fought at Little Big Horn, including Crazy Horse, have been added to those of the U.S. troops. On Memorial Day, 1999, the first of five red granite markers denoting where warriors fell during the battle were placed on the battlefield for Cheyenne warriors Lame White Man and Noisy Walking.
The warriors' red speckled granite memorial markers dot the ravines and hillsides just as do the white marble markers representing where soldiers fell. Since then, markers have been added for the Sans Arc Lakota warrior Long Road and the Minniconjou Lakota Dog's Back Bone.
And so, in the top image of the collage, you may notice the bird flying over part of the cemetery between the clump of tres and the lone tree on the fear right....When I was hitting the shutter on my iPhone, I noticed the bird as he suddenly flew into the picture. Being the omen-related person that I am, I took that as an omen from the spirits that the bird would fly over all this area regularly to ensure that peace remains in this Battlefield where so much blood shed occurred.
I pray that all the spirits residing there somehow find a way to join together and resolve that this kind of battle never takes place again.
** Staples Singers - "Respect Yourself"
- " We do not move forward from a middle opinion, which is undemocratic but mediocratic.
We advance from a creative passion "- (Edgar Morin)
- "To photograph is to hold one's breath, when all faculties converge to capture fleeting reality. It's at
that precise moment that mastering an image becomes a great physical and intellectual joy."
- Henri Cartier-Bresson.
::Words from Denny:
- My beliefs, and values, have always been strongly tied-to music, especially Jazz, and Blues.
- The following artists and lyrics seem to "sum-up" where my spirit resides:
EARTH WIND AND FIRE;
"HOLD ON TO YOUR SPIRIT,
ALWAYS FEEL YOUR SOUL....
HONOR THE MAGIC IN YOUR HEART"; Earth Wind and Fire