As always, Richard Hardorff´s book "The death of Crazy Horse" gives a lot of information: "Helen "Nellie" Laravie. Born along the South Platte about 1860 she was one of four daughters of Joseph Laravie, a french trader, and a southern Cheyenne woman. Among her mother´s people, Helen Laravie was known as Chi-Chi. In 1878 she settled among the Wajaje band of Lip near Eagle Nest Butte on Pine Ridge and was known among the Lakotas as Ista Gli Win `Brown Eyes Woman´."
I believe Crazy Horse was not looking for a wife once he was on the reservation. Some of his friends thought it would be better for him if he took a wife and stopped thinking about what he could do to help his people. CH reluctantly accepted Nellie as a wife.
Post by Ephriam Dickson on Nov 11, 2005 11:15:34 GMT -5
You are correct. The photograph that has been published as Nellie Laravie is incorrectly attributed. In fact, it was taken earlier, possibly by photographer James H. Hamilton, who produced images among the Winnebago, Omaha and others around 1870-72.
Thanks for the info! I think Hardorff not too accurate in the identification of the photographs. He labeled Slow Bull as He Dog and I think some photos not made in Washington 1877, such as the portrait of American Horse also.
But there's a question, if the author made such mistake how reliable the book he wrote? I like it because there's also capsule biographies about some persons. For example he mentioned Yellow Bear as Oyuhpe Oglala, but I found his name on Colhoff list as the leader of the Tapisleca (Spleen band). Perhaps he was really an Oyuhpe and later became Tapisleca.
Post by Ephriam Dickson on Nov 15, 2005 17:19:27 GMT -5
I think Hardorff's work is generally reliable. My only complaint is that he usually does not cite where the information in his footnotes came from. This makes it difficult to go back and verify.
I agree that editors sometimes make mistakes about photographs; but I also find that many authors do as well. It takes extra research to verify a photograph's identification and sometimes it is easier to just trust what was originally written. In the case of the Short Bull photograph mislabeled as He Dog, that is not Hardorff's fault. The original photograph he used (taken by D. S. Mitchell in 1877) was pasted inside the Bourke diaries -- Bourke is the one who mislabeled it as He Dog. Hardorff did not catch that it had been mislabeled and used Bourke's identification.
Post by silverwolf on Feb 28, 2006 23:18:47 GMT -5
I am new to lbha, so bear with me if I don't understand this system. I am looking for information on Little Hawk, the half brother of Crazy Horse. I understand he died young, before the battle of Little BigHorn. I would love to know more about him (Little Hawk), how and where he died, whether he was married, and if there are any photographs of him. Any details of his relationship with Crazy Horse would also be appreciated. Many thanks. Mitakuye O'Yasin