Wassenberg Art Center

One Elk

One Elk, a Hunkpapa Sioux warrior aged 24 in 1876, was one of Chief Black Moon's camp police at the Battle of Little Big Horn and saw his leader shot dead in the early skirmishing with Reno's command. In 1890, during the Ghost Dance uprising, One Elk was a tribal policeman who took part in the assassination of Chief Sitting Bull. One of the few bald Indians painted, he wore long braids from the side of his head and cover his pate with a brae heart ermine-skin headdress. He died in 1942, aged 90.

"Our greatest fight was the one against Long Hair Custer."
Bullhead Village, SD

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