Photographs of prominent men and women of the Sand Creek Massacre and associated events.
Prairie Chief, a Southern Cheyenne; son of Wolf Grey/Grey Beard and Old Standing Woman. Prairie Chief's family was at the Sand Creek Massacre. Wolf Grey appears on the list of Sand Creek people which was compiled in 1865 at the treaty of the Little Arkansas, Kansas. Wolf Grey or Grey Beard was shot and killed in 1875 while being taken to prison at Fort Marion, Florida. Prairie Chief passed in October, 1917.
Chief Little Robe, Southern Cheyenne. Little Robe's family were among those at the Sand Creek Massacre. Among the deceased was the Chief's father, also called Little Robe. One of Little Robe's children, a son named White Bird, became a noted Cheyenne into the early 1900's.
A survivor of the Sand Creek Massacre, Cohoe later spent time in prison at Fort Marion, Florida. During his time at Fort Marion, Cohoe was among Indian prisoners who depicted there history and traditional cultures through the medium of ledger art. Cohoe passed away i n 1924. He was surived by two sons, Coyote Walking and Black Bird (Charlie and Bruce Cohoe).
Credit: Image Courtesy of the Kansas State Historical SocietyNoted trader William Bent secured trade partners on the high plains by creating a fort on a spur of the Santa Fe Trail. There, he and his brothers transported goods from the Eastern U.S. to Santa Fe and Mexico, trading with the Plains Indians for buffalo hides and assorted furs. Bent married into the Cheyenne Nation to secure peaceful allies and trading partners; three of his sons witnessed or fought at the Sand Creek Massacre.