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Sioux & Cheyenne Women warriors
TWO PICTOGRAPHS from the "Spotted Wolf / Yellow Nose Ledger Book" are shown above. The top drawing depicts Cheyenne woman warrior Buffalo Calf Road rescuing her brother, Chief Comes in Sight, at the Battle of the Rosebud, as Little Hawk and Young Two Moon described.
Here is Father Peter John Powell's discussion of this pictograph from People of the Sacred Mountain:
- Soldier bullets fly all around the brave warrior woman as she rescues her brother from Crook's troopers. Like the fighting men, Buffalo Calf Road Woman is dressed in her finest clothing for this battle. She wears an elk-tooth dress, her waist encircled by a broad leather belt, decorated with brass-headed tacks or studs. A dentalium-shell choker encircles her neck, while long dentalium-shell earrings dangle from her pierced earlobes.
- Chief Comes in Sight wears his long trail war bonnet and carries his rifle. His shield cover bears the painted figure of one of the Sacred Persons, with holy symbols marking the Four Directions. The pony is a swift one, with the split ears of a race horse. Chief Comes in Sight has dropped behind the horse's neck, riding warrior style. Buffalo Calf Road Woman rides upright, as a brave and respectable woman should.
Buffalo Calf Road made such an impression at the Battle of the Rosebud that the Cheyenne named the battle for her. Instead of the "Battle of the Rosebud," the Cheyenne called the great joint Sioux / Cheyenne victory of June 17, 1876, "Where the girl saved her brother (Kse-e se-wo-is-tan-i-we-i-tat-an-e)."
At the Battle of the Little Bighorn, Buffalo Calf Road reportedly took up arms again along with her brother, Comes In Sight, who was a leader in the Cheyenne counter-attack at Medicine Tail Coulee, and her husband, Black Coyote, who died at the Little Bighorn.
Here is Sioux warrior Two Eagles' account of a Cheyenne woman warrior killing a soldier in the final phase of the Battle of the Little Bighorn, and Sioux warrior Eagle Elk's account of Sioux woman warrior Moving Robe Woman, killing a "Hunkpapa who was with the soldiers" (a Sioux scout working for the Seventh Cavalry) at the Battle of the Little Bighorn. Sioux war chief Rain In The Face also described Moving Robe at the Little Bighorn.
Young Two Moon said one of the 200 warriors under his command at the Rosebud was a woman. According to Pretty Shield, two Crow women warriors -- The Other Magpie and Finds Them And Kills Them (actually a wikte) -- fought at the Battle of the Rosebud as well.
Cheyenne warrior Dog said there were also girl warriors among the "Suicide Boys" at the Battle of the Little Bighorn.
-- Bruce Brown
October 17, 2006
Updated April 2, 2011
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