Kicking Bear

Kicking Bear

Original Name Matȟó Wanáȟtaka
Birth
Pine Ridge, Oglala Lakota County, South Dakota, USA
Death 28 May 1904 (aged 58)
Manderson, Oglala Lakota County, South Dakota, USA
Burial Unknown, Specifically: Buried in undisclosed place near Manderson, South Dakota
Memorial ID 8891710 · View Source
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Native American Indian, Medicine Man and Ghost Dancer. Born into the Oglala band of the Lakota or Teton Sioux. First wife was a Cheyenne. He was highly respected within the Cheyenne Nation. Married into the Miniconjou band of the Lakota or Teton Sioux. Became a Miniconjou band chief. Mother's name: Wood Pecker, Father's name: Black Fox. Nephew of Sitting Bull and cousin of Crazy Horse. Indian council appointed him along with his brother-in-law Short Bull to attend a religious ghost dance ceremony in Utah, held by Wovoka, a Piute Indian. After learning the ghost dance Kicking Bear along with Short Bull taught the ritual to the Sioux Nation. He delivered a persuasive speech to the Sioux Nation assuring and sealing their belief in the ghost dance ritual. This movement led indirectly to the Wounded Knee Massacre. After the Wounded Knee Massacre he was arrested and sent to Fort Sheridan, Illinois and served a year in prison. After agreeing to join Buffalo Bill Cody's Wild West Show his sentence was commuted. He toured with Cody's Wild West Show for a year in Europe. Humiliated, he returned to his family on the Pine Ridge Reservation. Kicking Bear fought honorably in the Black Hills Wars, specifically, in the Battle of the Little Big Horn along side Sitting Bull, Crazy Horse, and Rain In The Face, against Custer and his 7th Calvary. Twenty years later he painted a scene of the battlefield. After painting this depiction it seems that Kicking Bear slowly faded away into the history of the old west.

Bio by: Bedford W. Sipes


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  • Maintained by: Find a Grave
  • Originally Created by: Bedford W. Sipes
  • Added: 8 Jun 2004
  • Find a Grave Memorial 8891710
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Kicking Bear (18 Mar 1846–28 May 1904), Find a Grave Memorial no. 8891710, ; Maintained by Find A Grave Unknown, who reports a Buried in undisclosed place near Manderson, South Dakota.