White Swan's combat record as a Crow warrior happened between 1870, his first, and 1880, his last. His service as an Army scout was, off and on, from 1876 until his final mustering out in 1881. He felt his coups earned on June 25, 1876 were his greatest although some Crow narratives thought earlier actions were more noteworthy. He depicted all of them in traditional Plains warrior biographic style. I've been able to personally see half his works and the power of his deeds lives on in them all. His artistic "career" spanned 1876 to 1903 or 1904.
"White Swan was in the valley standing beside his horse and firing at the Sioux. He would not mount up to try to get away, but stood and fought." Private August Seifert, Company K, Seventh U.S. Cavalry Regiment, regarding the battle of the Little Big Horn River in June 1876.
I'll cross-post to the Crow boards once I figure out how to do that...
Whitebird artwork? My grandfather was a reknown self-taught artist from the Bad River Indian Reservation. He was the son a prominent Hereditary Cheiftainship (full-blooded Ojibwe). I can go back a few generations...Grandfather, great grandfather, great great grandfather, great great great grandfather (Chief Whitebird) One of the Chieftains had 3 sons. One of them left the reserve and never returned..He mostly likely headed westward. I am wondering if there is any connection to Chief Whitebird. I know we have Whitebird lineal descendants in Fond du lac, Leech Lake, Red Lake, etc..