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THE ANGEL AND THE WARRIOR is the start of a series based on the legend of the Thunderer. There are many legends in Native America of this being, the Thunderer — he who brings storms and thunder and lightning. So today, I thought I’d tell you the story of another legend — a true legend, in the sense that this person did live — of a boy who was called Curly.
The year was 1841 and a boy was born to a holy man of the Lakota Tribe, Oglala band. His name was Tashunka Witco. His wife was of the Brule band of the Lakota Nation, and the boy was unusual because his hair was a light brown. His skin was also lightly colored, so much so that the white people at that time often mistook him for being a white boy who had been captured by the Indians. Because his hair was also curly, most called him Curly.
The boy was strong, but he didn’t grow as quickly as other boys who were his same age and it became apparent that he would never be tall. He soon distinguished himself as a youth of only thirteen winters. He’d already killed a buffalo from his seat on a horse — with only his bow and arrows. He’d been first to ride a wild horse caught by his father and because of this, his father given him a new name, His-horse-on-sight. But most just called him Curly.
Trouble came to the Lakota. Curly was still young — around thirteen years old. A cow had come stumbling into the tepee of a man by the name of High Forehead and he shot it and shared the meat with his people. But the cow belonged to a white man. It should have been easily solved because the Indians were more than willing to give more than twice its value. But the interpreter between the white people and the Indians — a man by the name of Wyuse — was a man who was known to be of no honor.
Because of this man, misunderstandings took place and an incident occurred where soldiers fired into the camp of the Lakota, killing many, and making others flee.
The incident didn’t happen to Curly’s tribe, but Curly was camped nearby and the incident was enough to cause Curly to seek a vision. And so, although no more than a youth, he went out into the hills of Paha Sapa (the Black Hills) and tried to attain a vision. It was long in coming, and Curly gave up, and left his vigil to seek his horse and return home. But he was weakened from no food or water for several days and as he strode out onto the prairie, he saw his own pony come toward him, with a rider. But horse and rider were floating toward him on the air and a red-tailed hawk flew above them. The horse changed and became a horse that was spotted and the rider spoke to him as the air became filled with hail. There were storm clouds and thunder and there was a mark on the rider’s cheek that looked like a lightning bolt. Curly knew that this was how he would dress and ride when he went into battle.
Curly’s father and a friend of his father’s found him. Both were angry with him because Curly hadn’t gone about seeking a vision in the proper way. He had not first gone into the sweat lodge and observed the proper manner in which to seek a vision. And so Curly remained silent about the vision he’d seen.
It was now the summer of 1857 and the Lakota were all encamped together. At last Curly’s father asked him about the vision that Curly had seen on that day several years past. They rode off together into the hills of Paha Sapa and having constructed a sweat lodge and purifed themselves, Curly told his father of his vision.
Because his father was a holy man, he was able to tell Curly what the vision meant. It was a vision of honor, and because of it, Curly’s father bestowed upoon his son his own name, Tashunka Witco, to honor his son.
And so Curly, now known as Tashunka Witco, went on to become one of the greatest warriors that the West has ever known. His name in English? Crazy Horse.
To the left here is a carving of Crazy Horse that has been sculpted of him out of the stones in Paha Sapa. Interestingly, Crazy Horse refused to have his picture taken, not wishing the white man’s cameras to take his spirit — and so there are no true photos of him. However, it is said that he did consent to pose for the husband (a photograher), of Crazy Horse’s cousin. The pictures above (not the color ones of actors portraying Crazy Horse), two of them, are supposed to be an actual photograph of Crazy Horse.
I hope you’ve enjoyed the legend of this very real and honorable warrior. And I hope you’ll take the time to go to the link below to order your copy of THE ANGEL AND THE WARRIOR today — a story of another man’s plight with the Thunderer.
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