Custer was commander of U.S. Seventh Cavalry, who were defeated in Battle of Little Big Horn. The Lakota call Custer Pahuska, which is the Lakota word for “Long Hair.” In the summer of 1874, Custer led an expedition into the Black Hills which resulted in the discovery of gold, which led to an influx of illegal Wasichu mining activity in an area that had been allotted to the Sioux in the Fort Laramie Treaty in 1868.
General George Custer Character Timeline in Black Elk Speaks
The timeline below shows where the character General George Custer appears in Black Elk Speaks. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 7: Wasichus in the Hills
Chapter 9: The Rubbing Out of Long Hair
...the Hunkpapa camp. Standing Bear’s group moves out to meet the second band of soldiers—General Custer’s. A crazy, chaotic battle ensues. Standing Bear’s group mistakenly scalps a friend’s corpse. The warriors... (full context)