By Ronald A. Reis
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Indeed, the three slept side by side. It seems Sitting Bull would lie on his back, with one wife clinging to his arm and leg on one side, while the other did the same on the opposite flank. Poor Sitting Bull never got comfortable enough to get a good night’s sleep, awaking each morning with muscles so cramped and sore that he could hardly walk. Sitting Bull, in taking a second wife, had obviously made a serious miscalculation. Eventually, Snow on Her was banished from the warrior’s tepee and moved back with her parents.
Here, even the toughest Hunkpapa braggart was often reduced to a shy mute. Referring to the great Sioux warriors, Crazy Horse and his lifelong friend, He Dog, Mari Sandoz relates a revealing story: Although both had killed their buffalo and counted coups in battle as boys along on war parties, almost the same day the two were struck with a burning selfconsciousness when a girl looked at them. Suddenly they were too bashful to go stand at the water path as usual, too tongue-tied to speak to the girls who had been in the games, the swims, the berryings for years, the girls they had teased and shouted to as casually as all the others only a few days ago.
The Strong Hearts, an elite group among such braves, swore never to retreat in war. They would often stake themselves to the ground during a battle to emphasize the point. In combat, Sitting Bull had been distinguishing himself since the age of 14, when he garnered his first coup. The Hunkpapa warrior, however, did not go entirely unscathed in his numerous enemy encounters. In 1856, in a fight with the Crows, Sitting Bull earned his second red feather, a badge signifying a wound in battle. In the struggle, he would sustain an injury that would bother him the rest of his life.
Sitting Bull (Legends of the Wild West) by Ronald A. Reis