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Big Beaver's Story of the Battle
THE BIG BEAVER INTERVIEW
Custer Battlefield, Montana, 1928
Dr. Marquis was the doctor at Lame Deer for several years, and he became one of the best sign language talkers that I ever came in contact with. While at Lame Deer, he became acquainted with quite a few Cheyenne Indians who were in the Custer and Reno battles. And having befriended some of them, he gained their confidence and gradually, a little at a time, they would tell about the Custer battle. For a long [time], the old Indians were afraid that the government would punish them if the government found out which ones were in the battle. Now, the Doctor and I were quite intimate friends, and he told me lots of things in confidence. It took him two years before he could find out much about the fights.
I will now take up the story of Big Beaver as told to us in the summer of 1928. Dr. Marquis and Big Beaver came to my place, the store at Garryowen, Montana, and were there with me three days, and each day we would go over the battlefields and Big Beaver would tell us what he knew about the battle and what he saw. He was very careful to tell us each time as to what he saw, or whether it was something he heard the other Indians say. I will only give the part he says he saw or took part in...
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