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Miwatani Society Warrior, The Sioux, The Battle Where the Girl Saved Her Brother, 17th June 1876, The Black Hill Wars 1876-1877--single mounted figure with bow & arrows raised in left hand and headress

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Miwatani Society Warrior, The Sioux, The Battle Where the Girl Saved Her Brother, 17th June 1876, The Black Hill Wars 1876-1877--single mounted figure with bow & arrows raised in left hand and headress


The Cheyenne named, the more commonly known The Battle Of The Rosebud, The Battle Where The Girl Saved Her Brother.  This was because of an incident during the fight involving the Cheyenne woman Buffalo Calf Road Woman, and her brother Chief Comes In Sight.

The battle took place on June 17th 1876 in the Montana territory between the United States Army and its Crow and Shoshoni allies against a force consisting mostly of Sioux and Cheyenne Indians.  Led by Crazy Horse, the Sioux and Cheyenne managed to halt the offensive of General George Crook, until August.

Under the leadership of Crazy Horse, the Cheyenne and Lakota Sioux had been skirmishing with the United States forces.  Many warriors had charged, and one man who had the best horse was in the lead.  This was Chief Comes In Sight.  Before he could reach the soldiers, his horse was wounded and its hind leg broken.  The Cheyenne retreated leaving Chief Comes In Sight on foot in the battlefield.  As he was walking away with all the soldiers shooting at him, Buffalo Calf Road Woman rode out onto the battlefield at full speed and grabbed up her brother, carrying him to safety.  Her courageous rescue caused the Cheyenne to rally, and they defeated General George Crook and his forces.

In honour of this brave deed, the Cheyenne named the battle, “The Battle Where The Girl Saved Her Brother.”

The battle which ensued would last for six hours and consisted of disconnected actions and charges and counter-charges by Crook and Crazy Horse, the two forces spread out over a fluid front three miles wide.  The Lakota Sioux and Cheyenne were divided into several groups as were the soldiers as the battle progressed.  The soldiers could fend off assaults by the Indians and force them to retreat but could not catch and destroy them

The soldiers were impressed with the swarming Indians.  "They were the best cavalry soldiers on earth. In charging up toward us they exposed little of their person, hanging on with one arm around the neck and one leg over the horse, firing and lancing from underneath the horses' necks, so that there was no part of the Indian at which we could aim."

By the standards of the usual hit-and-run raids of the Plains Indians, the Battle of the Rosebud was a long and bloody engagement.  The Lakota and Cheyenne fought with persistence and demonstrated a willingness to accept casualties rather than break off the encounter.  The delaying action by Crook's Indian allies during the early stages of the battle saved his command from a devastating surprise attack.  The intervention of the Crow and Shoshoni scouts throughout the battle was crucial to averting disaster for Crook.

Crook claimed victory by virtue of occupying the battlefield at the end of the day, but his actions belie his claim.  Concerned for his wounded and short on supplies, Crook retraced his steps to his camp on Goose Creek, near Sheridan, Wyoming, and remained there immobile for seven weeks awaiting reinforcements.  He would play no role in the Battle Of Little Big Horn, eight days later.  Crook's Crow and Shoshoni allies left the army for their homes shortly after the battle.  The Lakota and Cheyenne returned to the battlefield after Crook's departure and piled up rocks at the location of key events in the battle.  Some of the rock piles they built are still there


Warrior Societies were an important aspect of the Plains life, which divided a tribe’s fighting men into distinct units which provided their members with a social club, and an organization in which they could progress through ranks of officership to bring great prestige.  Among the Lakota there existed several Warrior societies.  The main function of these societies was for the training and development of fighting skills and the warrior ethos.  Moral character was also cultivated and taught.

The Sioux Miwatani Society was an important military society among the Sioux.  It is believed its origin comes from a man who dreamed of an owl, and the society is sometimes known as the Owl Society.  It was known as one of the most difficult and exacting societies.  Each member pledged himself to sacrifice his own life in defence of a wounded member, if such a sacrifice became necessary on the warpath.

Any member of the tribe could apply for membership, and if the application was accepted, he would be notified by the crier.  Before initiation, the candidates as well as other members of the society were required to fast partially for four days. They assembled in their lodge, and once each day the leader brought in a pail of water, and after dipping into this a bunch of sweet grass, handed the latter to each member, with a very small piece of buffalo meat. This was all the nourishment they were allowed, hence at the end of the four days they were greatly weakened. On the day of the ceremony the officers of the society, wearing headdresses of owl feathers, took their position in the place of honour, opposite the entrance of the lodge. In their hands they held the owl-feather headdresses which the new members were to receive. All the members of the tribe were gathered to witness the installation of the new members.

It was required that the newly elected men should show that they were qualified for the honor which had been conferred on them.  Back of the fire was a “mellowed-earth space,” and the men were required to carry live coals in their hands and put them on the earth.  Each man, rising from his seat, took coals in the palm of his hand, and turning to the left, walked slowly around the lodge.  After the first round of the lodge, pausing at the mellowed-earth space, he pretended that he would place the coals upon it.  After the fourth round of the lodge, slowly lowering his hand, he gently rolled the coals to the softened earth.  If he did this without being burned, he was considered qualified to be a member of the society.

Due to be released in APRIL 2023.