Edgar Red Cloud is a member of the Lakota (Sioux) tribe, now living in The Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota in the United States of America. Edgar (who died in 1976) is the great-grandson of the famous Chief Red Cloud of the Teton Lakota Nation. The Chief had fought in the battle of the Little Bighorn (River) in 1876 along with other famous Lakota leaders such as Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull. In this famous battle, the Lakota and Cheyenne decisively overwhelmed the United States army forces under the command of Lt. George Custer. The entire cavalry force of 210 soldiers including Custer, were killed by 32 American Indian warriors.
Edgar Red Cloud has learned this song orally, as it has been passed down from generation to generation. He is therefore an important link with this historic event.
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