Biilaachia-White Swan, Crow Warrior, Custer Scout, American Artist

Biilaachia-White Swan, Crow Warrior, Custer Scout, American Artist

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The story of the Apsaalooke (Crow) men who scouted for the U.S. Seventh Cavalry in 1876 has been told by historians, the details sometimes distorted or fabricated. Biilaachia–better known as White Swan–survived the Battle of Little Bighorn despite severe wounds. One soldier recalled him standing beside his horse, firing at the Sioux: “He would not mount up and to try to get away but stood and fought.” White Swan continued to scout off-and-on for the U.S. Army until 1881 and recorded his 22 combat actions in 37 paintings and drawings. Done in traditional Plains warrior biographic style, his complete body of work is presented here for the first time, along with the history behind each depiction. His life is detailed in photographs, some never before published, and four little-known interviews, as well as extensive research about the Apsaalooke people.

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