My name is Carlo and I am a life-long student of Native American culture and history, with a specific interest in the Lakota.
I came upon this message board by accident and decided to join to find out more information on a missing page in a book (see my other post), but I also hope to share, learn and add to other discussions in the future.
A bit longer introduction: I am 38 years old, living in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. I have had a fascination with Lakota culture and history from a very early age, partly because I traveled a lot to the US and partly because I was just drawn to it.
For the past year, I have been researching battles and skirmishes between the Lakota and Absaalooke (Crow) for a manuscript I am writing. I felt these stories needed some more attention as this has been such an important part of Lakota history, but has gotten less attention vs. the Lakota-US wars for obvious reasons.
I easily get side-tracked during my research though, so it might be a while before it's finished!
Thanks for having me here, looking forward to learning and hopefully contributing a bit,
Carlo, I am fascinated by a post you made about the sons of Brave Bear and the extensive reply by Kingsley Bray from Mar 20, 2012 at 2:11am. I would like to, with your permission, quote you with attribution. If not I will just use the information you have provided without attribution. Either way, you really started the ball rolling again for me about those for sons of Brave Bear who used the name Sword. Delphine Red Shirt quotes George Sword with the following, "The first I remember is 'When the Crows Were with the White People,' (in) A.D. 1856. Then I thought the Crows and the white people were all enemies of the Lakotas. The Crows killed my father in battle." He later goes on to say that his "ceremonial father" was One Star. Delphine Red Shirt also writes, "Initially, the holy men had refused to talk to Walker, as time passed, his informants numbered thirty-eight in total [...] One of his informants was Afraid of Bear (Mato Kokipapi), older brother of George Sword (Miwakan), born in the year 1842, and along with George Sword, was listed on the government census rolls as being from the Wakpamni District on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation." Good luck with your book!