Moving Robe Woman, Tȟašína Máni

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Moving Robe Woman, Tȟašína Máni

Death: after 1881
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Moving Robe Woman (Sioux name Tȟašína Máni), also known as Mary Crawler, Her Eagle Robe, She Walks With Her Shawl, and Walking Blanket Woman, was a Hunkpapa Sioux woman who fought against Custer during the Battle of Little Big Horn to avenge her brother, One Hawk, who had been killed. Her father's name was Crawler, and he was also present at the battle. An Oglala Lakota warrior named Fast Eagle claimed that he had held Custer's arms while Moving Robe Woman stabbed him in the back, but several other warriors claimed to have killed Custer, so it is uncertain if she actually killed him, especially since there are no published post-mortem accounts that describe Custer as having stab wounds, and because officers who found his body described him as having died of gunshot wounds.

Her Eagle Robe, a/k/a Moving Robe Woman, a/k/a Mary Crawler, Hunkpapa Sioux woman, rode into battle after she saw her brother Deeds shot off his horse. She was reported to have killed Isaiah Dorman in the valley after Deeds was killed.

Mary Crawler, daughter of Chief Crawler, was known as a warrior until her death and was honored as a warrior with the men.

   Moving Robe Woman, a/k/a Mary Crawler; or Her Eagle Robe a Hunkpapa Sioux She is the sister of Deeds. She fought in the Little Big Horn. She was in valley with the Custer fight after Deeds was killed she went into battle. MOVING ROBE dropped the sharp stick she used to dig up prairie turnips, her attention drawn to a dust cloud rising in the east. The 23-year-old daughter of a Hunkpapa Lakota named Crawler had only a few seconds to ponder its meaning. As she stood in the open valley 1 on this hot, sultry day, a mounted warrior dashed by, calling out the alarm: Soldiers were coming! Women and children should run to the hills! Moving Robe, however, did nothing of the kind. She dropped her gathered turnips and ran for her tepee. The warriors needed no further encouragement. Already they flanked the soldiers who had halted and dismounted in the valley south of the Hunkpapa camp. 
   Moving Robe ran back to her lodge, only to be greeted with the news that her young brother Deeds had been killed in the initial charge. "Revenge!" she cried. She hurriedly braided her hair, painted her face crimson, and rushed to get her horse. "I was in mourning," she said. "I was a woman, but I was not afraid." Eagle Elk rode by to see an Indian woman, whose name he thought was Her Eagle Robe, standing over the dark-skinned man, who was begging for his life. He heard her call out, "If you did not want to be killed, why did you not stay home where you belong and not come to attack us?" Moving Robe stated, "I have not boasted of my conquests." But if she was the Indian woman seen hovering over the black man, she had certainly slaked her thirst for revenge for the death of her brother Deeds.

In 1874 Lieutenant Colonel George A. Custer led an expedition to the Black Hills of Dakota. He reported that he discovered gold in the area. The following year the United States government attempted to buy the Black Hills for six million dollars. The area was considered sacred by the Siouxand they refused to sell. Custer's story attracted gold hunters and in April 1876 the illegal mining town of Deadwood was established in the area. on sioux terrority

On 10th May, Miners from the illegal mining town of deadwood kidnapped and raped 12 Sioux women then found later murdered on May 17th Sioux warriors got revenge killed and scalped five settlers in the Black Hills. Over the next couple of days seven more cases of men being murdered by the Sioux. all the men who were responsible for the murders of thier women

Sioux and Cheyenne Indians defiantly left their reservations, outraged over the continued intrusions of whites into their sacred lands in the Black Hills. They gathered in Montana with the great warrior Sitting Bull to fight for their lands. in the summer of 1876

On 22nd June, George A. Custer and 655 men were sent out to locate the villages of the Sioux and Cheyenne involved in the battle at Rosebud Creek. A very large encampment was discovered three days later. It was over 15 miles away and even with field glasses Custer was unable to discover the number of warriors the camp contained. Instead of waiting for the arrival of the rest of the army led by General Alfred Terry, Custer decided to act straight way. He divided his force into three battalions in order to attack the camp from three different directions.

act straight divided force battalions order attack camp directions nbsp To force the large Indian army back to the reservations, the Army dispatched three columns to attack in coordinated fashion, one of which contained Lt. Colonel George Custer and the Seventh Cavalry. Spotting the Sioux village about fifteen miles away along the Rosebud River on June 25, Custer also found a nearby group of about forty warriors. Ignoring orders to wait, he decided to attack before they could alert the main party. He did not realize that the number of warriors in the village numbered three times his strength

Reno's squadron of 175 soldiers attacked the southern end. Quickly finding themselves in a desperate battle with little hope of any relief, Reno halted his charging men before they could be trapped, fought for ten minutes in dismounted formation, and then withdrew into the timber and brush along the river. When that position proved indefensible, they retreated uphill to the bluffs east of the river, pursued hotly by a mix of Cheyenne and Sioux.

retreated uphill bluffs east river pursued hotly mix cheyenne sioux

Just as they finished driving the soldiers out, the Indians found roughly 210 of Custer's men coming towards the other end of the village, taking the pressure off of Reno's men. Cheyenne and Hunkpapa Sioux together crossed the river and slammed into the advancing soldiers, forcing them back to a long high ridge to the north. Meanwhile, another force, largely Oglala Sioux under Crazy Horse's command, swiftly moved downstream and then doubled back in a sweeping arc, enveloping Custer and his men in a pincer move. They began pouring in gunfire and arrows.

As the Indians closed in, Custer ordered his men to shoot their horses and stack the carcasses to form a wall, but they provided little protection against bullets. In less than an hour, Custer and his men were killed in the worst American military disaster ever. After another day's fighting, Reno and Benteen's now united forces escaped when the Indians broke off the fight. They had learned that the other two columns of soldiers were coming towards them, so they fled. united forces escaped indians broke fight learned columns soldiers fled Moving Robe Woman (Sioux name Tȟašína Máni), also known as Mary Crawler, Her Eagle Robe, She Walks With Her Shawl, and Walking Blanket Woman, was a Hunkpapa Sioux woman who fought against Custer during the Battle of Little Big Horn to avenge her brother

When she was told Custer's troopers had just killed her brother at the Battle of the Greasy Grass (Little Bighorn), Moving Robe Woman wanted revenge. She rode out with the warriors against the Reno detachment and saw Reno and his men take flight across the river.

Hearing that there were more soldiers coming from the opposite direction, she galloped off with the warriors to meet the new threat. Moving Robe Woman took an active part in the final charge against Custer's detachment. She killed two of the troopers, one with a pistol shot to the head, the other by stabbing him with her sheath knife. The Battle of the Greasy Grass was not the first battle that Moving Robe Woman was involved in. At 17 she was part of a Sioux raid against the Crows in Montana.

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