Sunday, February 15, 2015

Fight the Power: 100 Sheroes of Native Resistance, Women Warriors

Illustration of Fallen Leaf from “The Life and Adventures of James P. Beckwourth,” by James Beckwourth and edited by Thomas D. Bonner, Harper & Brothers Publishers, New York, 1856.

Too often the battles fought by our American Indian warriors in history involve the acts of valor committed by men. However, these same types of acts performed by the women warriors of the past hold no less merit.

For this reason, we have put together a list of Native women warriors who stood their ground.

Pine Leaf (Woman Chief)

Though Pine Leaf was known as a Crow Warrior, she was born into the Gros Ventre Nation. She was captured by the Crow Nation at about age 10, so grew up Crow. Known as a fierce warrior who garnered prestige in battle, she eventually gained position on the council of chiefs as a war leader and hunter. She was later named “Woman Chief,” and like many of her fellow male chiefs, also took several wives—though many references cite as many as four wives—exact numbers aren’t verified. Regardless, those marriages have made her an icon in the two-spirit community.

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