It seems like forever since I’ve blogged, and I’m really happy to talk to you today. Hope you all had a wonderful holiday, and, before I get into the topic today, let me wish you all a happy and prosperous new year.
Soon…hopefully by February 10, 2020, my newest novel will be released, THE EAGLE AND THE FLAME. It is currently in its last stages of editing. But finishing off a novel means that a new story emerges, and so I’ve had my attention caught up in research, as usual. One of the research projects that I’ve been caught up in is regarding Crazy Horse, and I thought I’d share a little bit of the information with you.
Crazy Horse was the Lakota Warrior who was prominent in defeating the cavalry at The Little Bighorn. Although he steadfastly refused to be photographed, his image, nonetheless is carved in stone in the Black Hills. To the left here is a photograph of that statue which one can readily see if he or she travels into the Black Hills. I’m not certain if the entire statue is finished yet.
Because Crazy Horse’s life has so many twists and turns, it might well be the subject of a few blogs from me. But today, I thought I’d do no more than talk about the images of this brave man, who died at such a young age in defense of his people. I’m going to be quoting here a little bit from an article, Descendants of Lakota Warrior Crazy Horse Aim to Set the Record Straight. https://www.mitchellrepublic.com/news/4445100-descendants-lakota-warrior-crazy-horse-aim-set-record-straight — this article is written by Patrick Springer of The Daily Republic.
There are a few “photographs” of Crazy Horse that find their way onto the internet. This drawing to the right is a sketch of Crazy Horse that was recently released by his descendants. According to Wikipedia, this is “[a] 1934 sketch of Crazy Horse made by a Mormon missionary after interviewing Crazy Horse’s sister, who claimed the depiction was accurate.”
To the the left here is a closer look of the sculpture in the Black Hills. Let me now quote directly from the article by Patrick Springer regarding the images used for this sculpture:
“…three Lakota men who were descendants of Crazy Horse and a fourth descendant who allowed his photograph to be used in a composite sketch that became a template for the stone monument.”
The article referenced here notes that the Clown family are descendants of Crazy Horse, but that they were cautioned against coming forward with their information due to fear of retaliation. But they are now coming forward with their story of Crazy Horse, as passed down through oral history.
This picture to the right can be found on the internet and is supposedly one of Crazy Horse, Tashunke Witko. While it cannot be said that this isn’t a photograph of him, it is highly unlikely for the following reasons: 1) Crazy Horse refused to have his photograph taken; 2) This likeness is taken at a time when Crazy Horse was not close to any of the white settlements or forts. He kept to himself and did not go to or seek out the forts or settlements of the incoming peoples. 3) This is an elegant setting and it would be highly unlikely that Crazy Horse would allow this. 4) Crazy Horse was a very private man and did not seek fancy clothing or fancy settings. He was said to be shy, and, although he could have told many stories of his heroism as was his right, he declined to do so.
I believe that this picture to the left is of Little Big Man. It is odd that his picture might surface as being Crazy Horse, since he is the Lakota man who held Crazy Horse back from escaping when he was being taken to prison. Crazy Horse was a friend of Little Big Man, and Crazy Horse is quoted as saying, “Let me go, my friends. You have hurt me enough.”
And now, before I end this blog, I want to post a few pictures of some Native men who have been honored to play Crazy Horse in film.
Off to the right here is Michael Greyeyes. I remember enjoying this made for TV series some time in the 1990’s I believe it came out in 1996.
A little further to the left here is Rodney Grant who also portrayed Crazy Horse in a made for TV mini series in the 1990’s, which I also enjoyed.
This next picture to the left here is of a young man whose name I do not know. However, I believe that he might be the newest actor to portray Crazy Horse.
Well, that’s all for now. Did you enjoy the blog? Did you learn anything about Crazy Horse and his photographs that you might not have known before?
Come on in and leave a message. Oh, before I forget, I am offering a gift to one of the bloggers today. I have a 25th year Anniversary Book of my first title, LAKOTA SURRENDER. I’ll be gifting that book today, either in paperback or as an e-book, winner’s choice. To the left here is an image of the cover for LAKOTA SURRENDER.