10 January 2008
Crazy Elegant Chief
Silver bangles on both biceps, a white linen shirt with long cuffs, a white silk ascot, a white feather tied insouciantly into one's plaits, and a breastplate of dried-white bones.
Who could carry off a look like that?
Chief Crazy Horse, that's who.
He was callously murdered in 1877. At the Indian website where I got this info, Mari Sandoz said: "He is holding a blanket over his left arm that is carefully draped for maximum presentation, the border resting on the floor.
At the time of his surrender Chief Crazy Horse's most prized possession was a red blanket, a Chief's blanket. He is holding this over his arm, carefully draped, the border resting on the floor so that it is properly presented for the photograph.
Chief Crazy Horse carried his red blanket as he walked (unwittingly) to the guardhouse, where he was bayoneted by Private Gentles."
(I bet Gentles looked like rubbish 'n all, the cur.)
Posted by Ann ODyne