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December 4, 2010

Warriors

 

Left to right: Little Plume (Piegan), Buckskin Charley (Ute), Geronimo (Chiricahua Apache), Quanah Parker (Comanche), Hollow Horn Bear (Brulé Sioux), and American Horse (Oglala Sioux). LoC

Crazy Horse, Oglala Sioux chief, was born December 4, 1840.

Oh, please.  You just can’t believe everything you read. I seriously doubt his parents ever said, ‘Hey, it’s the Fourth – it’s the boy’s birthday!’

A family friend said he was born when ‘the Oglala stole One Hundred Horses, and in the fall of the year.’

His death, on the other hand, is well-documented – he had surrendered at Camp Robinson in Nebraska, hoping to get medical help for his wife.  He lived there for a few months, then was put under arrest by Gen. George Crook and taken to the guardhouse to await transfer to Division Headquarters.  On September 5, 1877, he was stabbed and died while in custody.

Crook was the commander he’d fought at the Battle of the Rosebud, the battle delaying Crook’s effort to reinforce Custer at Little Big Horn.

Crazy Horse fought and won many battles during the Sioux Wars, entitling him to be called ‘Shirt Wearer’ or war leader, but he lost that honorific when he eloped with somebody else’s wife.

Quanah Parker

He is not in the picture above – there are no pictures of him – but  a lot of very important chiefs are.  And in the middle of the group is Quanah Parker, a famous chief who became a successful rancher in Oklahoma after the white eyes won the west.  The story of Quanah Parker’s parents is one of the great American romances.  She was Cynthia Ann Parker, daughter of East Texas settlers, captured by the Comanche at the age of five.  She grew up to become the wife of Peta Nocona, leader of a particularly successful warrior band, the mother of Quanah, his brother and a much younger sister.

Cynthia Parker was rescued/recaptured when she was in her thirties, along with her daughter.  Kept confined and watched – for her own good of course – she tried repeatedly to escape and get back to her Comanche family.  After her daughter died, she stopped trying to escape.  She just got very quiet and stopped eating.  After a few weeks she died.

Her husband, who had defied tradition and taken only one wife, eventually fell ill from wounds suffered in earlier battles and died.  But Quanah always said he died of a broken heart.

 

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1 Comment »

  1. I have a lot honor for the great ol’ indians warriors thank good story.

    Comment by avery — December 4, 2010 @ 10:23 am | Reply


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