Legendary date for Kurbads hero Crazy Horse
140 years ago, the Indians triumphed in the battle of Little Bighorn. In 2012, a portrait of Crazy Horse created by the artist Alfrēds Paulausks was painted on Kurbads vehicle carrier.
While still a young man, Crazy Horse, one of the greatest warriors of Indian independence, went on a vision quest and had a vivid dream of a rider in a storm on horseback, with long unbraided hair, a small stone in his ear, zig zag lightning decorating his check and hail dotting his body. The storm faded and a red-backed hawk flew over the rider’s head. His father interpreted the dream as a sign of his son’s future greatness in battle.
Crazy Horse learned in 1874 that General Custer had led an expedition into the sacred Black Hills and found gold at French Creek. Prospectors and speculators swarmed into Sioux land ignoring the fact that the land had been guaranteed to the Lakota by the Fort Laramie Treaty. To ensure the safety of the white travelers, the government issued an order requiring that the Sioux bands be required to stay on the Great Sioux Reservation. Crazy Horse and his followers ignored the order and the Army organized a campaign against them.
On the upper Rosebud Creek in southern Montana, General George Crook’s army of thirteen hundred attacked twelve hundred warriors led by Crazy Horse. Crazy Horse had over the years become a daring military strategist, adept in the art of decoying tactics. His feinting and assault techniques baffled Crook who withdrew. Crazy Horse now joined with Sitting Bull and Gall at the Bighorn River in Montana, where they completely destroyed Custer and his men. This was one of the last Indian victories, because the invaders took on even cruel methods to eliminate Indians from their land.
Crazy Horse is a representation of courage and righteousness, and that is why Kurbads has chosen it as one of our symbols, and we celebrate his spirit in June 25th and 26th, the anniversary of the Battle of Little Bighorn.