Left Hand, Yellow Eagle, Yellow Fly, Waterman and a Southern Arapaho known as Green Grass or Well-Knowing One were five young Arapaho men present at the Battle of the Little Big Horn where General Custer was killed. The following is the story as told by Tom Shakespeare Sr., who was the Indian Interpreter used to translate the story for Colonel Tim McCoy in the 1920’s. Note that he spells Arapaho as Arapahoe though today we spell our tribe’s name without the “e” and Arapahoe refers to the town.
Instead of paraphrasing the story, I have chosen to present it in the words of Shakespeare himself as it appeared in his book, The Sky People.
The Sky People by Tom Shakespeare, Vintage Press, 1971
It is said that Spoonhunter, an Oglala Sioux and nephew of Chief Red Cloud, arrived at the Wind River Reservation in the company of the five young Arapaho hunters. Though the hunters say they did not fight in the battle, Spoonhunter said that he did under his father, a warrior chief named Black Deer.
For now, it is Tom Shakespeare’s turn to tell the story as he heard it firsthand from Left Hand and Waterman.
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