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    TWO PROMINENT SURVIVORS OF THE CUSTER BATTLE

    c. 1920
    Two silver gelatin prints, each mounted in presentation folder with "Compliments of Dr. W.A. Russell, Hardin, Montana" printed on the back. Photographer unidentified, but probably Dr. Thomas B. Marquis who also lived in Hardin and extensively photographed the nearby Crow and Cheyenne, many of whom were his patients.

    (1) "White Man Runs Him (Maschidit-kudush) a Crow Scout under Custer...66 Years Old, living near Lodge Grass, Montana." As White Man Runs Him was born c. 1854, the date of these photos is close to 1920. White Man Runs Him was married seven times, and had children with six of his wives. He was the last surviving member of the six Crow men who had scouted for George Custer in June, 1876. White Man Runs Him died in 1928, and is buried in the heroes' cemetery at Little Bighorn National Monument. In this portrait he wears an eagle feather headdress, leather shirt with strips of porcupine quillwork and leather gloves with beaded cuffs. In his right hand is carried his parade flag, painted with the figure of an eagle and bearing his name in English characters on the canton.

    (2) Brave Bear, Southern Cheyenne, "73 years old, now living at Thomas, Oklahoma." A member of the Dog Soldier Society who survived the U.S. Army attack at Summit Springs, Colorado, in July 1869, Brave Bear thereafter joined the Northern Cheyenne, among whom he married. He was in the great village of Cheyenne and allied Lakota on the Little Bighorn River, Montana, when it was attacked by the Seventh U. S. Cavalry under Lt. Col. George Custer, June 25, 1876. Brave Bear first helped to defend the Hunkpapa Lakota village attacked by the diversionary force under Major Marcus Reno. During this preliminary engagement Brave Bear dueled with the Crow scout White Swan and lanced him in the face while the Crow shot at him with a rifle. All Cheyennes considered that the bravest coup during the Reno engagement. When Custer's force attacked near the Cheyenne village, Brave Bear rode there to defend his family and crossed the river to repel the soldiers. He was active in the fighting at Calhoun Hill. When those soldiers were overrun and tried to escape to Last Stand Hill, Brave Bear encountered an officer on a sorrel horse--the only man still mounted--who tried to cover the retreat of his men. This officer shot a Lakota Shirt Wearer, and then a Cheyenne when they charged on him. Immediately afterward, Brave Bear shot him off his horse. From the circumstances, Brave Bear must have been the man who killed Captain Myles Keogh, and wounded his famous horse Comanche. In this photograph he is shown wearing an eagle feather headdress with long trailer, posed before the granite marker on Last Stand Hill where he had fought 45 years earlier. Brave Bear returned to the Southern Cheyenne in 1877, and lived the rest of his life in Oklahoma (see Cowdrey, Mike, Arrow's Elk Society Ledger: A Southern Cheyenne Record of the 1870s. Santa Fe: Morning Star Gallery, 1999: 162).

    Dimensions: 3 x 4 1/4 inches each


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    November, 2007
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