Cheyenne People - Notable Cheyenne

Notable Cheyenne

  • Black Kettle (in Cheyenne: Moke-tav-a-to or Mo'ôhtavetoo'o, since 1854 member of the Council of Forty-four and chief of the Wotapio band of Southern Cheyenne, killed by George Armstrong Custer at Battle of Washita River)
  • Morning Star (in Cheyenne: Vóóhéhéve, better known as Dull Knife, a translation of his Lakota name Tamílapéšni, Head chief of the Northern Cheyenne)
  • Little Wolf (in Cheyenne: Ó'kôhómôxháahketa, more correctly translated Little Coyote, Northern Só'taeo'o chief and Sweet Medicine Chief, was one of the "Old Man" chiefs among the Council of Forty-four, belonged to the Elk Horn Scrapers (Hémo'eoxeso), one of the four original Cheyenne military societies)
  • Owl Woman, daughter of White Thunder and wife of William Bent
  • Roman Nose (in Cheyenne: Woo-ka-nay, Northern Cheyenne, legendary war hero and chief of the Elk Horn Scrapers (Hémo'eoxeso), one of the four original Cheyenne military societies)
  • Tall Bull, chief of the Cheyenne Dog Soldiers, killed at Battle of Summit Springs
  • Wooden Leg, Northern Cheyenne, warrior fought at Little Bighorn
  • Wolf Robe, chief, Southern Cheyenne, peacemaker
  • George Bent, son of Owl Woman, interpreter and Cheyenne historian
  • Jimmy Carl Black, drummer and vocalist for The Mothers of Invention
  • Ben Nighthorse Campbell, Northern Cheyenne, former US Senator, State of Colorado, United States Congress
  • Chris Eyre, Southern Cheyenne and Southern Arapaho, directed the films: Smoke Signals and Skins
  • Joseph Fire Crow, Northern Cheyenne, Cheyenne flutist and recording artist, Grammy Nominee and Nammy winner
  • Suzan Shown Harjo, Southern Cheyenne and Muscogee (Creek), Founding Trustee, Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian; President, Morning Star Institute (a Native rights advocacy organization based in Washington DC).
  • Eugene Little Coyote, Northern Cheyenne, former president of the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation
  • St. David Pendleton Oakerhater, Okuhhatuh or "Making Medicine," Southern Cheyenne (1847–1931), veteran of the Red River War, Fort Marion prisoner of war, ledger artist, deacon of Whirlwind Mission, sun dancer, canonized saint in the Episcopal Church
  • Harvey Pratt, Southern Cheyenne and Southern Arapaho, painter, sculptor and a leading forensic artist in the United States
  • W. Richard West Jr., Southern Cheyenne, Founding Director, Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian
  • W. Richard West, Sr., "Dick West" or Wahpahnahyah, Southern Cheyenne painter, educator, and Director of Art at Bacone College

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