Post by redroadgreatplains on Sept 13, 2020 23:45:07 GMT -5
On going through "The Crazy Horse Surrender Ledger", I find that he shared his tipi with Tall Bull and his family. My queries are (a) who was Tall Bull, and (b) why did a Chief have to share his tipi with another family?
As noted, this individual might be the same man living with Crazy Horse in 1877, although Long Bull was listed as Kiyuksa Oglala in Nov 1876, while Kingsley Bray has Tall Bull as an Oyuhpe (p.263 in his book on Crazy Horse), He seems to have been one of the delegates sent during the winter of 1877 to bring Crazy Horse in to surrender. There should be additional information on Tall Bull in the Omaha Daily Bee, Mar. 13, 1877 (see Bray, p.449n20), but a quick search on the internet did not yield any results unfortunately.
To your second question, it was not uncommon to live together with another family, regardless of social status, since this embodied Generosity, one of the cardinal Lakota virtues. The exact reason can only be guessed of course, but I would put it down to pragmatism. Perhaps Tall Bull simply didn't own a tipi at the time or did not bring it on his trek north, and Crazy Horse and his wife welcomed their friends into their household since they had space to spare in their tipi.