Post by noggy on Nov 21, 2017 5:13:03 GMT -5
While looking through the Wikipedia article on the Crows, I saw this upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/b/b8/Crow_warriors_and_Cheyenne_warriors_making_peace-_Ledger_drawing.jpg It is like the title says a ledger showing peace talks between the Cheyenne and the Crows. The warrior to the right is the Crow. What made me curios was the Cheyenne, who is carrying a saber.
Sabers were not common in any way among the Natives. But it is well known that the Ute turned Cheyenne Yellow Nose actually had one of these weapons. It was given to him by a Shoshone friend during his teens, and supposedly he used it during the battle of Little Bighorn. He described amongst other deeds how he in a one-on-one fight beat a soldier in the head with the flat side of his saber. Some have claimed it to be GAC, which is unlikely. But a smashed head would fit Tom Custer to a degree, even though so would being thrown into a meat grinder. Either way, we do know there did exist a Cheyenne who owned a saber.
Granted; the saber might just be the artist making the ledger more interesting, like all the warriors having rifles. Ledgers are by no means the equivalent to say photographs and may the result of pure imagination. But in general, the ledgers made by Plains Indians often show true events and were made with a sharp eye for details. Ledgers made by participants at LBH are often referred to during discussions about the battle. This one was made around 1880, not that long after the Cheyenne and Crows stopped fighting each other, so the memories of these encounters would be fresh. Or at least the stories of them, if told by participants to the artist. A Cheyenne wielding a saber during what probably is a scene from the 1870s just seems too... correct to be imagination.
What do you guys think? Am I just pulling this way too far, or is it a decent chance this actually depicts Yellow Nose during the intertribal wars?
PS: if anyone here knows anything about this or is a part of www.american-tribes.com/ or sites like it, I wpould appreciate any comments/help.