Many who frequent my business know I appreciate the fighting man. Occasionally, a tool of the fighting man will come my way. In this case a man coming back from the Dakota Territory handed me a small bundle in exchange for a couple nights of sleep in a real bed and a few tankards of beer.
The tools of war for the Lakota and their allies are quite useful despite their appearance of obsolescence. I have heard men call the smoothbore musket I was first trained with an obsolete weapon of their grandfathers not worth the weight of wood and steel. I tend to disagree. It is only obsolete if it fails to kill.
The Lakota and other warriors of the plains nations have used such weapons for generations. They are more than just weapons though, they are also effective tools. The kind of tools that can make the difference between life and death.