Scenes from The Wild West #12

(allegedly) Crazy Horse, 1877.


Frank Black said...

It's not. This is probably at least ten years after his murder, maybe more.

Niall Mac a'Ghobhainn said...

Crazy Horse died Sept 5 or 6, 1877; the date is uncertain because of some confusion whether he died before or after midnight. There will never be a definitive account, but Thomas Power's The Killing of Crazy Horse (2010) is an excellent examination of the various stories.

One thing that is certain is that Crazy Horse refused to be photographed. Yet this picture shows up all the time. As Frank says, this photo is generally held to have been taken long after his death; it never saw the light of day until it was published in 1956.