Crazy Horse. The Wild West for Kids by Jon Sterngass

By Jon Sterngass

the real lifetime of loopy Horse is plagued with questions. He didn't go away any letters or diaries nor are there any documents of speeches he made. such a lot particularly, it's nonetheless uncertain no matter if his loss of life used to be an coincidence or a homicide. however, loopy Horse is taken into account a gripping image of freedom, dignity, and the yank West. He used to be the unfathomable chief for the Lakota tribe and was once appeared upon for cover by means of his humans. yet as whites invaded the Lakota lands and the buffalo herds shrank, many Lakota have been pressured to relocate to reservations. yet now not all, for loopy Horse was firm to struggle for his domestic.

Rejecting the reservation procedure and negotiations with the white invaders, he guided the Lakota in of the main huge defeats ever suffered by way of the U.S. military: the Fetterman struggle in 1866, and the conflict of Little Bighorn in 1876, which used to be fought opposed to the notorious normal George Armstrong Custer. Over twenty illustrations and pictures aid young children better...

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The bundle was made from the skin of a hawk, and its contents reminded Crazy Horse of his mystical powers. The bundle became Crazy Horse’s protective war charm. In times of crisis, he would open the bundle, sing certain songs, and pray to the powers in the sacred items. He came to regard the hawk, a symbol of swiftness and endurance, as his personal spiritual protector. Throughout his life, he would invoke the aid of the hawk. “Crazy Horse put great confidence in his medicine,” Horn Chips said.

Even the hooves could be boiled down for glue. A handy switch or hair ornament could be made from the tail, and dried dung was used to start a fire. Lakota women sewed together 12 or more buffalo hides as coverings for waterproof tents, which they called lodges or tipis. A tipi was sturdy enough to withstand the harsh winds of the Great Plains, yet light enough to disassemble in minutes. The Lakota often painted their tipi coverings with scenes from their daily life. For the Lakota, killing buffalo involved some danger and difficulty.

Their stories only confirmed the Lakota’s worries about white intruders and American intentions. The Sand Creek Massacre The Lakota did not have many reliable allies, but the Cheyenne were most likely to fight with them. The Cheyenne were a much smaller tribe than the Lakota, but they shared the nomadic culture of the Plains based on hunting buffalo. Although the Lakota and Cheyenne occasionally fought each other, they spent much more time fighting the Crow and Pawnee. In 1851, the First Treaty of Fort Laramie established Cheyenne “territory” in northern Colorado.

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