Not that i can find Spotted Elk is not mentioned in my family history and i never heard of a Hunkpapa Chief named Spotted Elk, I have family on my father;s side that are Spotted Elks but they are from Cheyenne River
He was a Hunkpapa, so the man from Fort Peck could possibly be the one we are looking for.
The info I posted is all I have, other than his war exploits. It was written up by Curtis and I have not seen any other information on this Spotted Elk. I am mainly interested in his apparent connection to Rain In The Face.
I guess Burned Shaver, his father, doesn't ring any bells either, right?
Rain In the Face's father is Bear Face who was a chief, I have found his 5 brothers and four half brother three sister but no one named Spotted Elk as a family member, I will look at the Fort Peck Spotted Elk but it is saying he is Yanktonais
Ladonna, Although Curtis translated it as "half-brother", we can probably safely conclude (based on your details re. his direct family, thanks) that Spotted Elk was not that in the euro-american sense of the term. Could Spotted Elk's father, Burned Shaver, be Rain In The Face's uncle on his mother's side? Then the term brother is logical from a Lakota point of view, and easily translated as half-brother by Curtis for his American readers. Thanks again, Carlo
Smoke Woman was Blackfeet Lakota woman the mother of Rain in the Face so if he came from Rain in the face mother's side he would not be Hunkpapa. What i can think of is it is probably adoption do you know if he ran with Rain In the Face's boys the group of young men that fought with Rain?
Ok I done some more research and found this information from the Spotted Elk on Standing Rock
Hehaka Gleska Luke Spotted Elk b. 1871 1st Spouse: Tunkaninapewin-Appearing Shell b.1876 2nd Spouse: Barbara Blue Earth b. 1870 3rd Spouse: Sasawin b. 1856 Children Son: Anpetuwaste- John Spotted Elk b. 1893 Son: Hugh Spotted Elk b. 1898 Daughter: Maggie Spotted Elk b. 1902 Stepson: Paul Blue Earth b. 1900 Stepson: Edward Whiteman b. 1893
Hugh Spotted Elk b. 1898 Spouse: Sarah Brave Bull Wise Spirit B. 7-1-1906 d. 11-1992 Children Daughter: Merriel Spotted Elk b, 3-1-1929
Thanks for searching; the Spotted Elk we're looking for was born in 1842. So he might be his father.
Still no link to Rain In The Face then. I somehow doubt he was adopted, as Curtis states he succeeded his father as Hunkpapa chief (presumably when he died). Anyway, it's a fair guess that the key lies with details of his father Burned Shaver, who unfortunately remains elusive.
I am trying to trace my mother's side of the family, and since I was born, everyone has said we were directly related to Chief Rain-In-The-Face. When I trace back, I am missing a couple of generations, and I am hoping someone might be able to help me fill in the blanks. The story was at some point, one of sons or grandsons changed their name to 'Raine'.....why I don't know. My mother's mother was named Arlena Raine. Her father was James Washington Raine. His father was Joseph S. Raine. That's as far back as I can go. Am I on a losing quest to trace the family back to Chief Rain-In-The-Face?
Mato Ite: born: abt 1800 1st Spouse: Hehakawin b.1811 2nd Spouse: Smoke Woman b. 1814 Children Son: Walutawakinyan -Red Thunder – b. 1827 Son: Hemaza -Iron Horn – b. 1829 Son: Mato Ite -Bear Face II – b.1830 Son: Itonagaju -Rain in the Face – b. 1836 Son: Shave Head – b.1840 Son: Mato Cigala -Little Bear – b. 1842
Rain in The Face born 1835 Died 9-14-1905 1st Spouse: Wanblinapewin- Rising Eagle 2nd Spouse: Natewin-Head born 1844 Children: Daughter: Otaktewin-Kills Many b. 1879 Daughter: Apesawin- Agatha born 1871 Daughter: Wiyahipiwin-Came for her-1874 Daughter: Mahpiyapeta-Angela Crow Ghost born 1881 SON: Kangiwanagi- (Gives the Spotted) Bernard Crowghost born 1878
Apesawin- Agatha born 1871 1st. Spouse: Isidore Bone born 1868 Children Daughter: Jennie Bone born 1893 Daughter: Corn Bone born 1894 Daughter: Ida Bone born 1898 Daughter: Rose Bone born 1901 Daughter: Lillian Bone born 1909
2nd Spouse: Fredrick White Coat born 1869 Children Son: Leon White Coat born 1893
Wiyahipiwin-Came for her-1874
Kangiwanagi- (Gives the Spotted) Bernard Crowghost born 1878 1st Spouse: Marie born 1879 2nd Spouse: Bessie Elk Nation born 1885 Children Daughter: Angela Crow Ghost born 1881 Son: Leo Crowghost born 1905 Daughter: Amelia Crowghost born 1905 Daughter: Amy Jennie Crowghost born 1907 Son: Samuel Crowghost born 1909 Daughter: Rosa Crowghost born 1911 Son: Bernard Crowghost born 1914 Son: James Crowghost born 1916
Leo Crowghost born 1905 Spouse: Lillie Take the Gun born 1913 Children Daughter: Fidelia Crow Ghost born 6-26-1933 -10-16-1934 Amelia CrowGhost
Amy Jennie Crowghost born 1907 Spouse: John Thompson born- Fort Peck Children: Daughter: Seraphine Crowghost born 1924 lived with Whitecoats Daughter: Rose Thompson born 1926 Daughter: Mary Jane Thompson born 1932 Son: Herman Thompson born 8-21-1935 Son: Howard Thompson born 9-26-1936 Daughter: Evelyn BlancheThompson born b. 7-8-1933 d.10-6-2004
Samuel Crow Ghost Spouse: Winifred White Bear Paw (Claw) born 3-26-1913 Children: Daughter: Melda Crow Ghost born 3-2-1933 Daughter: Helen Crowghost born 2-20-1935 Daughter: Beverly Crowghost born 1936
Helen Crowghost born 2-20-1935 Spouse: Basil Alkrie Born 1934
Bernard Crowghost born 1914
James Crowghost born 1916 Spouse: Adaline White Bear Paw (Claw) born 3-10-1911 Children Daughter: Ima Grace Crowghost born 4-4-1934
Angela Crow Ghost born 1881 Children Daughter: Rosa Crowghost born 11-12-1911
Rosa Crowghost born 11-12-1911 d. 7-19-1956 Spouse: Richard Ricker Fort Peck Children Son: Stephen Ricker born 4-18-1929 Daughter: Lois Ann Ricker born Son: Orville Ricker born Son: Eugene "Gene" Ricker born 12-27-1934 d. 10-1-2008 Daughter: Phyllis Angeline Ricker born 4-22-1940 d.5-7-1992 Daughter: Mary Lynn Ricker born Daughter: Joyce Ricker born Son: Donald A. Ricker born Son: Virgil Ricker born Son: Dale Ricker born
Kangiwanagi- (Gives the Spotted) Bernard Crowghost born 1878 1st Spouse: Marie born 1879 2nd Spouse: Bessie Elk Nation born 1885
Spouse: Bessie Elk Nation Crowghost born 1885 2nd Spouse: Charles Village Center born 1884
Ladonna ... you are very fortunate to have such a great warrior in your family line! I don't know why people get so worked up about small details. The quotation from Jinlian above (from Rain In The Face) seems believable to me. Who can say what happened on the battlefield after the fighting and killing were over. Mutiliation of bodies, incl. by old men and women, has been common in many wars across the centuries (and has been done by many different cultures). It is not unusual, and certainly not a reflection on your relative.
Rain-in-the-Face was a brave warrior and stood firmly in preventing killing of game and buffalo of the Lakota. His warriors once attacked railroad survey crews. Captain Yates and Tom Custer and 100 cavalrymen arrested Rain-in-the-Face for killing two trespassers on Lakota land. He later escaped from the guardhouse at Ford Lincoln. He was a key leader who fought Custer in the Battle of the Little Big Horn on June 25, 1876. On a buffalo hunt in 1877, a gun he was carrying accidentally discharged hitting him in the knee and crippling him. True and loyal to the Lakota people, Rain-in-the-Face died at Little Eagle (Running Antelope), on the Grand River, September 12, 1905. (Cross H. 1927, p.57). He is believed to be buried at the Episcopal cemetery in Bullhead/Rock Creek, South Dakota. Done by Robert Gipp Rain-in-the-Face had five brothers, Red Thunder, Iron Horn, Little Bear, Shave Head, and Bear’s Face