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Left Hand's Story of the Battle
I WAS BORN in what is now called Powder River country. My father's name was Cherry.
I am part Blackfoot and part Cheyenne, but have always lived among the Arapahoes. When I was a small boy, I always used my left hand instead of my right, and as that was strange for an Indian, I was called Left Hand. That has always been my name.
I was in the battle of the Little Bighorn where General Custer was killed. There were four other Arapahoes with me. That was a long time ago, but I remember it as if it were but yesterday.
The Arapahoes were camped at Fort Robinson, and four other young bucks, Yellow Eagle, Yellow Fly, Waterman and a Southern Arapahoe, who was sometimes called Green Grass, and I left the camp to go on a war party for Shoshones. [Note: Waterman names the fifth Arapaho as Well-Knowing One [Sage.] We trailed north toward the country of the Crows, and one day met a small band of Sioux, who told us that their village was on the Little Bighorn...
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