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Dives Backward's Story of the Battle
DIVES BACKWARD'S STORY OF THE BATTLE
White Shield's young nephew, Dives Backward, caught grasshopper after grasshopper for his uncle and Little Chief to use as fish bait. He grabbed the insects off tall grass stems, then carried them, one by one, in cupped hands down the bank. Kept busy, he wondered why it was that the Sioux liked to catch fish well enough, but seldom ate them. In some ways, Dives Backward thought, the Sioux were much wilder people than his own tribe, the Northern Cheyenne.
Just after catching another grasshopper and starting down the bank with it, the lad heard hoofs rumble on the hard ground of the flat above. It sounded like thousands of horses thundering past. Running up the slope, Dives Backward got his first look at the enemy Arikaras, who had a distinct and unfamiliar look. One war-bonneted rider, probably Bloody Knife, caught the boy's eye. Sensing danger at once, he quickly forgot all about grasshoppers and fish, and clambered down the bank. "I saw someone wearing a war bonnet go by!" he shouted to his uncle. "They're looking for someone."
White Shield and Little Chief hurried up...
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