Crazy Horse

The top traditional war club compared to the unique club of Crazy Horse.

The top traditional war club compared to the unique club of Crazy Horse.

   Crazy Horse is best remembered as war leader of the Lakota who defeated Custer at the Little Bighorn.  He was in over twenty battles and numerous raids, yet never hurt.  The Sioux credit his vision and medicines (wotawe) made by Horn Chips as protecting him.  His medicine items are shown and their use in my Chips Collection of Crazy Horse Medicines.

   Obtained from the Chips family is a short, "strange" war club used by Crazy Horse.  It is unique because both Chips, the maker, and Crazy Horse were Heyoka or Contraries.  This directed them as Thunder Dreamers to do the opposite or unusual to the normal, such as a round stone head than with pointed ends.  The opposing colors of black and white used on this war club are a  white quartz grooved stone head and black spiral-wrapped cloth representing a whirlwind.  The handle and stone are secured with wire, knowing metal and quartz attracts lightning strikes during a storm.  Faint traces of green paint can be seen near the grooved stone, a Heyoka color associated with the color of the sky before an approaching tornado.  The handle has sweet grass covered with rawhide braiding.  The wire loop has red thongs representing forked-lightning to appease Thunder Beings.