Bloody Knife -- Arikara (Ree)/Hunkpapa Sioux Dec 7, 2015 21:27:01 GMT -5
Post by herosrest on Dec 7, 2015 21:27:01 GMT -5
The Sioux sing for their warriors and honored men during their dances, and in these songs they call the name of the party they honor. Besides singing at the dances, old men frequently are heard calling loudly some man whom they desire to honor, and they are often answered by other men, who sit around talking, who will answer by a loud “Hao.” Women sometimes take up the song and stand in front of their own lodge or tent and sing in his honor, too, ending with the twice repeated, high, tremulous cry called “The Victory Song.” They use the same cry when their favorite comes in first in a race or other contest.
The Sioux call a certain Arikara Scout, who was killed at the Battle of the Little Big Horn, Mahkpia Tatonka (Buffalo Cloud). He was known to the soldiers and to his own people as Bloody Knife, and is so known today.
Bloody Knife was Indian Chief of the United States Volunteer Scouts at Fort Abraham Lincoln, and was one of three scouts who were killed off on Major Reno’s left wing on the Little Big Horn, before Reno retreated across the stream. The three scouts Bloody Knife, Bob Tail Bull and Little Soldier were surrounded by the Sioux and lost their lives in a swirl of horsemen at the first rush on Reno’s Command. Just what transpired there we will never know, but the Sioux tell this story of his death.
“Buffalo Cloud was mounted on a very swift horse. His horse was shot and we got around him then. He held up his hands and called out the name of the first born of every one of those Hunkpapa around him. This is a sacred thing to do and we always let an enemy go when we could do that. But this time everyone was excited and so they killed him there. We are all sorry for that thing now and sing this song for him:”
“Where is Buffalo Cloud.
Here he lies. Ho-ho-he.” www.welchdakotapapers.com/2013/10/war-drums-genuine-war-stories-from-the-sioux-mandan-hidatsa-and-arikara-written-by-col-a-b-welch-a/#story-no-45
The Obituary of Arikara Indian Agent Fellows D. Pease, refers to Bloody Knife as Blue Cloud.