Post by redroadgreatplains on Aug 28, 2020 1:51:09 GMT -5
I was fascinated by your account of Old Man Afraid of His Horses, and wonder if you could help me. I am trying to conduct research into the later lives of Black Shawl (after the murder of Crazy Horse) and Black Buffalo Woman & her 4 children after her return to No Water. Could you possibly help me out with any pointers or contacts or family histories that could help with this? Perhaps you could also confirm that Old Man Afraid of His Horses had a daughter named Red Tipi, who was the mother of Black Buffalo Woman?
Ok I don't care to see a couple of my heroes dressed up like they're auditioning for a Laurel & Hardy film - but hey that's my problem. Regardless, it's a historic shot of Young Man Afraid and Little Wound. I think we can date it to Feb.-March 1891 - there's still snow around - right after the 1891 delegation to Washington got back home. They had gone to DC in the aftermath of the Ghost Dance crisis and the Wounded Knee tragedy, and both YMAf and LW were among the Pine Ridge leaders. While in DC the entire delegation was bought new suits at Saks' department store. There is a delegation group portrait of them all in these outfits. Here are YMAf and LW back home in theirs.
YMAf was married to a niece of Little Wound's, by the way, so he was in Lakota kinship a son-in-law (takosh). When YMAf died, tragically young in 1893 aged 57, his widow advised their younger son Kills the Enemy (Frank Afraid of Horse in later years) to go and live with her uncle Little Wound, i.e. young Frank's "grandfather". He did so and is noted in the Little Wound household in the Pine Ridge censuses, and was after 1905 allotted land next the Little Wound family in Kyle community.
What strikes me is the clear solidarity and affinity between the two chiefs: father-in-law and son-in-law
Might be interesting to note that when YMAOHH died en route to visit the Crows in July 1893, his friend Little Wound was with him.
The pair led a party of sixty Oglalas near Newcastle Wyoming, just west of the Black Hills, when YMAOHH suffered a fatal stroke or heart attack.
I do not have much more to add. My sources are fourteen newspaper clippings from July 1893 that all basically report the same details, with slight variations of words. There are undoubtedly many other newspapers that ran the story, but these fourteen are the ones I have on file.
Here is the full text taken from the Kansas City Times, Saturday, July 15, 1893, one of the first to report his death:
WELL KNOWN SIOUX GONE Young-Man-Afraid-of-His-Horses Falls Dead At Newcastle Omaha, Neb., July 14 -- A Bee  special from Pine Ridge agency says: Young-Man-Afraid-of-His-Horses, the head Chief of the whole Sioux nation, dropped dead yesterday  at Newcastle, Wyo. He and Little Wound left this agency some weeks ago with a party of sixty Indians to visit their Indian friends, the Crows at the Crow agency, Mont. The remains will arrive tomorrow  by rail. Young-Man-Afraid-of-His-Horses was the most reliable Indian of all the Sioux, a great friend of the government, as was proven by his actions in the outbreak at this agency in 1890-91 and the late murder of February 4 of the four white men on White River. It was through his assistance that the police arrested the murderers. By his death without any lineal descendants the mantle of chieftaincy falls to Little Wound.
 Omaha Bee newspaper  Thursday July 13  tomorrow = Saturday July 15, but later newspaper reports say that his body arrived on Sunday July 16
"Left this agency some weeks ago" suggests that the party traveled slowly, as Newcastle is just beyond the Black Hills. My hunch is that YMAOHH and Little Wound took the time to hunt while en route.