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"The Betrayal of Crazy Horse" by Daniel Long Soldier

The Betrayal of Crazy Horse
by Daniel Long Soldier

In September of 1877, just over a year after his great victory at Little Big Horn over General Armstrong Custer, the Oglala War Chief Crazy Horse, was killed while in the custody of the U.S. Army at Fort Robinson (Nebraska).

In August of 1877, Chief Joseph and his band of Nez Perce had broken out of their reservation and were making their way to the Canadian border. There was significant concern as to whether Crazy Horse would inspire his people to join them. This, combined with inter-tribal politics, led to Crazy Horse being lured into military custody and his demise. 

Crazy Horse’s last day and controversial death are the subject of the Daniel Long Soldier’s latest Lakota Wicitowa (Lakota Paintings), created on 19th century ledger paper and faithfully reproduced in this four-piece Fine Art Edition. The naïve drawing style on an authentic 1800’s ledger, immediately raises the question of whether or not we are looking at something created 150 years ago or today.

"The Betrayal of Crazy Horse" by Daniel Long Soldier

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Greenwich Workshop
Fine Art Giclée Paper Suite:
limited to 45 s/n.
approx. 12"w x 8"h each.
$235 per set

Crazy Horse reached Spotted Tail Agency on Sept 4, 1877. That evening he had a long meeting with Spotted Tail, Lieutenant Jesse Lee and Touch-the-Cloud.

Lieutenant Lee promised Crazy Horse he would have the chance to tell his side of the story if he returned to Fort Robinson, Nebraska.  Spotted Tail and Touch-the Cloud offered to go with him.

On Sept 5, 1877 as Crazy Horse is taken to the guard house he caught a glimpse of other prisoners behind bars and realized what was happening. Jerking his arm loose he drew a knife from under his red blanket. A guard killed Crazy Horse with his bayonette.

When the mourning period ended at Spotted Tail Agency, Crazy Horse’s parents took him to an unknown burial place in Beaver Creek east of Chadron, Nebraska. Black Elk watched them leave.


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About Daniel Long Soldier

“There are a lot of people,” begins Daniel Long Soldier, “who don’t know the history of our people as we know it. They have only heard one side of a story or what they have seen in Hollywood movies. The stories I’m telling I’ve heard from people who are 80 or 90 years old and heard these stories from their parents. These are the stories my grandpa, my uncles and my dad told me.”

Daniel is an Oglala Lakota Sioux born on the Pine Ridge Reservation. He first began drawing with sticks on the sandbanks of a local creek. Recently he found that the drawings he made on the walls of the house he grew up in as a child are still there. This self-taught artist worked as an illustrator during the 1960s for the Dayton Journal News, but returned to Pine Ridge during the turbulent 1970s.

Long Soldier started painting what he calls Lakota Wicitowa (Lakota Paintings) in the mid-80s because he liked the authenticity and simplicity they lent to the story they told. Even then he would only paint them for special occasions such as buffalo robes he created for the Omaha in Macy NE and the Santee Sioux.


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