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Bruce Brown's 100 Voices...

Bull Hump and White Bird's
Story of the Battle

Two Northern Cheyennes' account of the Battle of the Little Bighorn

As told to Walter Mason Camp in 1912; Willis Rowland, Interpreter.



Cheyenne warrior White BirdNorthern Cheyenne Indian Reservation, Montana, 1912

Hump [is] sixty-four years old.... Hump's name is Bull Hump. Yes, Hump was at Little Bighorn. Two Moons was chief warrior because of the absence of other chiefs. Wild Hog was there, but Dull Knife was at Red Cloud Agency, as well as Little Chief.

The chiefs in villages that Crook attacked March 17, 1876, were Willow Bushes and Two Moons. [They] got some of the horses back from Reynolds [on the] first night. Started out to recover more on the second night and found where soldiers had killed them.

[On the day of the Sibley skirmish] the Indians were running buffalo all over the country, and while doing this, a small party of Cheyennes ran upon the trail of the scouts and followed it to the timber. They fired into the timber a little while and High Bear, a cousin of Hump, was killed. Toward night they left the place after recovering High Bear's body, and some Sioux came upon the place the next day and got the [abandoned] horses tied to the trees. Hump never heard that any of these horses had been killed.

Custer's camp on night of June 24 was on the flat at Busby schoolhouse, perhaps near the preacher's house. Little Wolf and a small band of Cheyennes (thirty or forty) had left Red Cloud Agency and were hunting for the hostile camp. They supposed they would find it on the Rosebud and [they] went through the mountains to Muddy Creek and down it. When one of their scouts got down near the mouth of it, he saw soldiers passing up the Rosebud and rode back and so informed Little Wolf. The Cheyenne then struck westward through the hills and came out into the valley of the Rosebud about where Ridge Walker now lives. They put scouts out to watch Custer and went back and camped at mouth of Muddy. The Cheyenne scouts watched Custer's movements all night and followed him when the command moved on. Little Wolf's camp followed in the morning up in the hills and kept watch of the soldiers, with a view to capture the pack animals. They did not get up in time to take part in the fighting of the first day....

At the Little Bighorn Two Moons and Walking White Man [AKA Lame White Man] were the chiefs, and Walking White Man was killed. Two Moons and Willow Bushes were the chiefs in the village that Crook broke up on March 17, 1876. Bull Hump says they recaptured part of their ponies the first night (March 17), and on second night they repeated the trick and got back more of them. They kept hanging around after Crook and finally found where Crook had killed the uncaptured balance of the herd.

Cheyenne Memories of the Custer Fight: A Source Book by Richard G. Hardorff, The Arthur Clark Co. Spokane, WA 1995, p 83 - 87


Bull Hump was the son of Chief Morning Star, who was known to the Sioux as Dull Knife. This account is most interesting for the information it provides about Little Wolf (a reknowned Cheyenne war chief) shadowing Custer's movements toward the Little Bighorn.

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