Wassenberg Art Center

Iron Hawk

Iron Hawk, a Hunkpapa Sioux medicine-man in later years, was only 14 in 1876, but big for his age. He fought both at the Battle of the Rosebud and at the Battle of Little Big Horn, in which he beat one of Custer's troopers to death with his bow after wounding him with an arrow. A prime mover of the Ghost Dance outbreak in 1890, he was nearly 90 when he died in 1950.

One horseback soldier came at me. I shot an arrow at him and it went through him under his ribs. He screamed and grabbed his saddle."
Near Manderson, SD

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