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Arjun Rajesh
2/2/2010 03:08:39 pm

Crazy Horse was a chief of the Sioux tribe. He did many things which made his so legendary. For one he was a supreme leader of the Sioux resistance of the settlers. He made it very difficult for the settlers to take full control. He led the Sioux to their greatest victory against the setelers. He led the Sioux against George Custer and his four-hundred men. Not one of Custer's party survived, even Custer himself was killed in battle. It was sheer massacre and is remembered today as their greatest and final triumph over their white opponents. A legendary battle led by a legendary person. I think when you lead a small group against a large group, have all odds against you and still win you are a legend. I am sure that the natives remembered that victory and used it to rally. He was also known for his great wisdom. He understood how pointless it was for the settlers to come and take the land of the natives. His position on land distribution contrasted with the Americans which is why they had to fight. Crazy Horse was definitely a legendary person and will always be remembered.
http://qanda.encyclopedia.com/question/chief-crazy-horse-84280.html
http://www.firstpeople.us/FP-Html-Wisdom/CrazyHorse.html
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Jessica Reed
2/2/2010 09:58:50 pm

Despite Crazy Horse’s humble beginning and adversities, he became a very influential Native American leader that inspired other leaders later in history. Crazy Horse was born into the Ogalala band in the Lakota, or Sioux, tribe. Though Crazy Horse’s childhood was very eventful, there was one major event that occurred that led way to the leader Crazy Horse became as a young adult. When he was about twelve years old, Crazy Horse had a vision while on a vision quest, which was customary for young men in his tribe to participate in. The vision he had was of a warrior who had very few decorations and war paint which was a little strange. Yet, the strangest thing that the warrior in his vision had was no weapons. This meant that the warrior was humble and did not need paint and lots of clothing to prove him a great warrior. As a result, Crazy Horse learned at a very young age to be humble and generous. Thus, a characteristic that helped him become a great leader. Through Crazy Horse’s life he carried out what he learned. For example, he would give extra horses and food to people in his village if his family did not need it, and this generosity is what made Crazy Horse the leader he was. He would fight in battles fiercely for his people. Everything he did was for the Lakota people he loved and knew so well. Regardless of the hardships Crazy Horse went through, such as his little brother, Little Hawk, his wife, and his daughter dying, he never gave up on fighting for the Lakota and their land. Furthermore, when he came back from victorious battles he would never brag about how well he did because that was just the type of person he was. Crazy Horse’s dedication to his people, modesty, and courage were key factors to Crazy Horse’s rise to becoming a significant Native American chief and leader.

Personally, I think that Crazy Horse was a very inspiring leader. After studying about leaders who only cared about their own political gain, it was nice to learn about a man who would literally kill himself for others. Crazy Horse’s story was really moving to me and I find his struggle for the well-being of his people very uplifting.

Sources:
http://www.wc.pdx.edu/crazyhorse/crazy.html

http://www.u-s-history.com/pages/h3755.html

http://www.pbs.org/weta/thewest/people/a_c/crazyhorse.htm

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Molly Buring :)
2/3/2010 09:35:12 pm

Before I get into how Crazy Horse was such a legendary chief, I'll say who is actually was. Crazy Horse was born into the Lakota/Sioux tribe. When he was 12, he had a dream telling him how to live his life. It was a man with no paint or decorations on him telling young Crazy Horse to always be generous. He basically said don't be selfish, put other people first, and that kind of thing. And he definitely followed that. He was always putting people first. Whether it was giving away extra food, or never bragging, or giving away horses that other people needed more, he was such a humble and generous person. And because of the way he grew up, when he was older, other people and kids looked up to him. They asked him for advice, and went to him to learn things. Crazy Horse taught them how to fight, hunt, gather food, the history of their people and tribe, and whatever else he learned from his elders growing up. People learned new things from him and really respected him. Another reason for him being legendary was because he was so brave. He went through many deaths of family members and losses of lovers. His wife was very very sick of a disease that their daughter died from. And also, he loved his people so much that he fought for years for them. He won many wars against the US Army, but eventually surrendered. When he was retired, living near Fort Robinson, he bugged the crud out of the government for keeping a promise so much that they arrested. Struggling for his freedom, a guard eventually stabbed him and killed him at the age of about 35.

sources:
http://qanda.encyclopedia.com/question/chief-crazy-horse-84280.html
http://www.pbs.org/weta/thewest/people/a_c/crazyhorse.htm
http://www.wc.pdx.edu/crazyhorse/crazy.html

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Molly Buring :)
2/3/2010 09:41:18 pm

In my opinion, I think that Crazy Horse was a great chief. What he did for his people totally reserved him a spot in history. I mean he was so generous and giving for his people. He gave them food and animals. He taught everyone things about history and fighting. If I were in a tribe like that, I wouldn't mind having Crazy Horse as chief. He was a cool man, with an awesome name. **fun fact of the day: his daughter's name was They Are Afraid Of Her.** I would totally want my name to be that. They all had great taste in names.

sources:
http://www.wc.pdx.edu/crazyhorse/crazy.html
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Arjun Rajesh
2/14/2010 06:23:37 am

I agree that Chief Crazy Horse's humility is a large part of what made him a legendary chief. He was a very modest person which made him a good chief. He was a very strong warrior but still he didn't take "trophies" from the battlefield in order to prove his great skill as warrior. He never bragged whenever he killed many enemies in battle or when he led the tribe to sucess. I think that his humble beginings were the reason why. While being humble he was also an amazing chief. He led the Sioux to victory in the Battle of the Little Bighorn where he destroyed General Custer and his forces. This prooves that a humble chief is the best kind. None of the violent, show-off chiefs ever had a victory like this.

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