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The unusual lifetime of George Bent-"halfbreed"-spanned some of the most eventful epochs in American background. stuck uneasily among cultures in consistent clash, it's a existence reflected within the fictional personality Jack Crabb in Thomas Berger's vintage novel Little enormous Man.Born in 1843 to the widespread white dealer Colonel William Bent and his Indian spouse, Owl girl, George Bent used to be raised as a Cheyenne. After receiving an schooling in white faculties, Bent fought for the Confederacy within the Civil warfare and went directly to turn into a Cheyenne warrior. He survived the bad 1864 Sand Creek Massacre-and then fought for revenge with the ferocious Cheyenne puppy squaddies. Bent later served as a famous interpreter and negotiator for whites and an adviser to tribal leaders. He rode side-by-side with the nice Indian leaders pink Cloud, Tall Bull, and Roman nostril, and he hobnobbed with frontier legends package Carson, Buffalo invoice, Wild invoice Hickok, and George Custer.Toward the tip of his lifestyles, George Bent felt a passionate have to set the ancient checklist directly and safeguard the reminiscence of the Cheyenne Indians as a unfastened humans. the best historians and ethnologists of the day sought him out to listen to and browse his tales of the Cheyennes. George chicken Grinnell, George E. Hyde, James Mooney-all agreed that what they knew of nineteenth-century Cheyenne lifestyles got here mostly from George Bent.As a combined blood, Bent lived among worlds correct up until eventually the time of his loss of life in 1918-never fullyyt becoming into both international, constantly at the fringes of either. His tale is compelling human drama: motion, love, tragedy, conflict, all unfolding opposed to the epic backdrop of the Civil warfare and America's westward expansion.

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Mary—Ho-ka, or "Little Woman"—the oldest, was born in 1838, three years after William and Owl Woman married. Robert—Octavi-wee-his, or "Bird"—came in 1841, and Julia— Um-ah, or "Talking Woman"—in 1847. Sometime in the mid-1840s, William took two of Owl Woman's younger sisters, Island and Yellow Woman, into his lodge, a common practice among Cheyennes, especially when a husband possessed wealth and status. Yellow Woman bore him another son, Charley—Pe-ki-ree, or "White Hat"—in 1845. 2 I George was raised Cheyenne.

60 Again, blood had stained the Sacred Arrows. The alliance between White Thunder and Porcupine Bear, once so full of promise, had been 30 Worlds Apart smashed in an instant of drunken violence. Who would carry the war pipe for White Thunder? Who would lead the movement of the Arrows against the Kiowas? Old Little Wolf, the oldest surviving Bowstring, stepped forward. 61 The great war of revenge would go forward—White Thunder really had no choice— but its outcome was now in doubt. Porcupine Bear and the Dog Men were disgraced, and White Thunder no longer controlled the war's course.

49 William was not the first white man to contemplate marriage with an Indian woman. In fact, in the fur trade, there was a long tradition of Indian-white unions. Mountain men typically took Indian wives but abandoned them once they returned to white society. Indian women and their families, likewise, saw these liaisons as opportunities for short-term economic gain. Trappers and traders could supply them with the trade goods they coveted and that only white men could provide. True, their hairy faces offended Cheyenne sensibilities—the women knew them as "dog-faced men"—and their lousy clothing and dirty appearance made them less than perfect companions.

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