Frases de Caballo Loco

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Caballo Loco

Fecha de muerte: 5. Septiembre 1877

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Tasunka Witko era el jefe de los Sioux Oglala, una tribu indígena de América notable por el valor de sus guerreros en las batallas. Reconocido por su propio pueblo como un dirigente visionario comprometido con la preservación de las tradiciones y los valores sioux, indujo a su pueblo a una guerra contra los blancos para recuperar sus tierras. Su nombre, Caballo Loco, le fue dado por soñar con un caballo salvaje.

Cuando los colonos y el ejército de Estados Unidos se lanzaron a la invasión del territorio indígena en las llanuras centrales, Caballo Loco, junto con Toro Sentado y Nube Roja, formó una alianza con otros pueblos nativos para combatir a los invasores estadounidenses. Dotado de gran capacidad táctica y destreza en el combate, infligió una dura derrota a los soldados estadounidenses en la denominada masacre de Fetterman . La presión de los colonos y los constantes enfrentamientos que provocaban con los indígenas, indujeron al Gobierno de Estados Unidos a firmar un tratado de paz , por el que asignaba a lakotas y cheyennes terrenos propios bajo su jurisdicción autónoma. Sin embargo, Caballo Loco no aceptó el acuerdo, marchando con su pueblo fuera de la gran reserva sioux fijada por el Gobierno.

Para someter a éste y otros pueblos situados fuera de los límites, el Gobierno emprendió una amplia campaña militar en 1876, en la que se produjeron las victorias indígenas de Rosebud River y Little Big Horn , en la que moriría el famoso general Custer. La presión del ejército estadounidense obligó a Caballo Loco a rendirse, siendo confinado en Fort Robinson. A las pocas semanas, el 5 de septiembre de 1877, murió asesinado a bayonetazos.

Frases Caballo Loco

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„I was not hostile to the white men. Sometimes my young men would attack the Indians who were their enemies and took their ponies. They did it in return.“

— Crazy Horse
Context: My friend, I do not blame you for this. Had I listened to you this trouble would not have happened to me. I was not hostile to the white men. Sometimes my young men would attack the Indians who were their enemies and took their ponies. They did it in return. We had buffalo for food, and their hides for clothing and for our tepees. We preferred hunting to a life of idleness on the reservation, where we were driven against our will. At times we did not get enough to eat and we were not allowed to leave the reservation to hunt. We preferred our own way of living. We were no expense to the government. All we wanted was peace and to be left alone. Soldiers were sent out in the winter, they destroyed our villages. The "Long Hair" [Custer] came in the same way. They say we massacred him, but he would have done the same thing to us had we not defended ourselves and fought to the last. Our first impulse was to escape with our squaws and papooses, but we were so hemmed in that we had to fight. After that I went up on the Tongue River with a few of my people and lived in peace. But the government would not let me alone. Finally, I came back to the Red Cloud Agency. Yet, I was not allowed to remain quiet. I was tired of fighting. I went to the Spotted Tail Agency and asked that chief and his agent to let me live there in peace. I came here with the agent [Lee] to talk with the Big White Chief but was not given a chance. They tried to confine me. I tried to escape, and a soldier ran his bayonet into me. I have spoken. As quoted in Literature of the American Indian (1973) by Thomas Edward Sanders and Walter W. Peek, p. 294

„A very great vision is needed, and the man who has it must follow it as the eagle seeks the deepest blue of the sky.“

— Crazy Horse
Context: A very great vision is needed, and the man who has it must follow it as the eagle seeks the deepest blue of the sky. As quoted in To Be Just Is to Love : Homilies for a Church Renewing‎ (2001) by Walter J. Burghardt, p. 214

„They tried to confine me. I tried to escape, and a soldier ran his bayonet into me. I have spoken.“

— Crazy Horse
Context: My friend, I do not blame you for this. Had I listened to you this trouble would not have happened to me. I was not hostile to the white men. Sometimes my young men would attack the Indians who were their enemies and took their ponies. They did it in return. We had buffalo for food, and their hides for clothing and for our tepees. We preferred hunting to a life of idleness on the reservation, where we were driven against our will. At times we did not get enough to eat and we were not allowed to leave the reservation to hunt. We preferred our own way of living. We were no expense to the government. All we wanted was peace and to be left alone. Soldiers were sent out in the winter, they destroyed our villages. The "Long Hair" [Custer] came in the same way. They say we massacred him, but he would have done the same thing to us had we not defended ourselves and fought to the last. Our first impulse was to escape with our squaws and papooses, but we were so hemmed in that we had to fight. After that I went up on the Tongue River with a few of my people and lived in peace. But the government would not let me alone. Finally, I came back to the Red Cloud Agency. Yet, I was not allowed to remain quiet. I was tired of fighting. I went to the Spotted Tail Agency and asked that chief and his agent to let me live there in peace. I came here with the agent [Lee] to talk with the Big White Chief but was not given a chance. They tried to confine me. I tried to escape, and a soldier ran his bayonet into me. I have spoken. As quoted in Literature of the American Indian (1973) by Thomas Edward Sanders and Walter W. Peek, p. 294

„My friend, I do not blame you for this.“

— Crazy Horse
Context: My friend, I do not blame you for this. Had I listened to you this trouble would not have happened to me. I was not hostile to the white men. Sometimes my young men would attack the Indians who were their enemies and took their ponies. They did it in return. We had buffalo for food, and their hides for clothing and for our tepees. We preferred hunting to a life of idleness on the reservation, where we were driven against our will. At times we did not get enough to eat and we were not allowed to leave the reservation to hunt. We preferred our own way of living. We were no expense to the government. All we wanted was peace and to be left alone. Soldiers were sent out in the winter, they destroyed our villages. The "Long Hair" [Custer] came in the same way. They say we massacred him, but he would have done the same thing to us had we not defended ourselves and fought to the last. Our first impulse was to escape with our squaws and papooses, but we were so hemmed in that we had to fight. After that I went up on the Tongue River with a few of my people and lived in peace. But the government would not let me alone. Finally, I came back to the Red Cloud Agency. Yet, I was not allowed to remain quiet. I was tired of fighting. I went to the Spotted Tail Agency and asked that chief and his agent to let me live there in peace. I came here with the agent [Lee] to talk with the Big White Chief but was not given a chance. They tried to confine me. I tried to escape, and a soldier ran his bayonet into me. I have spoken. As quoted in Literature of the American Indian (1973) by Thomas Edward Sanders and Walter W. Peek, p. 294

„We preferred our own way of living. We were no expense to the government. All we wanted was peace and to be left alone.“

— Crazy Horse
Context: My friend, I do not blame you for this. Had I listened to you this trouble would not have happened to me. I was not hostile to the white men. Sometimes my young men would attack the Indians who were their enemies and took their ponies. They did it in return. We had buffalo for food, and their hides for clothing and for our tepees. We preferred hunting to a life of idleness on the reservation, where we were driven against our will. At times we did not get enough to eat and we were not allowed to leave the reservation to hunt. We preferred our own way of living. We were no expense to the government. All we wanted was peace and to be left alone. Soldiers were sent out in the winter, they destroyed our villages. The "Long Hair" [Custer] came in the same way. They say we massacred him, but he would have done the same thing to us had we not defended ourselves and fought to the last. Our first impulse was to escape with our squaws and papooses, but we were so hemmed in that we had to fight. After that I went up on the Tongue River with a few of my people and lived in peace. But the government would not let me alone. Finally, I came back to the Red Cloud Agency. Yet, I was not allowed to remain quiet. I was tired of fighting. I went to the Spotted Tail Agency and asked that chief and his agent to let me live there in peace. I came here with the agent [Lee] to talk with the Big White Chief but was not given a chance. They tried to confine me. I tried to escape, and a soldier ran his bayonet into me. I have spoken. As quoted in Literature of the American Indian (1973) by Thomas Edward Sanders and Walter W. Peek, p. 294

„One does not sell the earth upon which the people walk.“

— Crazy Horse
As quoted in Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee (1970) by Dee Brown, Ch. 12

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„Another white man's trick! Let me go! Let me die fighting!“

— Crazy Horse
During the final confrontation in which he was fatally wounded, as quoted in Indian Heroes and Great Chieftains (1919) by Charles Alexander Eastman

„My lands are where my dead lie buried.“

— Crazy Horse
As quoted in National Geographic Vol. CX (July-December 1956), p. 487

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