BROWN WEASEL WOMAN AKA RUNNING EAGLE

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Brown Weasel Woman, better known as Running Eagle, also won her name on the battlefield. She was a highly respected, member of the Piegan Tribe of the Blackfeet Nation around 1825.

When she was young, she preferred to play with the boys over the girls, and when she was 12, she began to wear boys clothing. She wanted to do the things her brothers were doing, and against her mother’s wishes, her father began to teach her. By the time she was 15, she had already proved her impressive hunting skills during buffalo raids.
On one particular hunting expedition, the group was attacked by the an enemy tribe. As Running Eagle fled along with the rest of the hunting party, her father’s horse was shot down. As soon as she saw this, she turned around and raced straight into enemy fire, saving her father’s life. Although many celebrated her victory, there were also those who shunned her behavior as a woman. Some of the tribe worried that the other women would follow her lead and leave their duties as wives.

Carrying her father’s rifle, she tagged along on a raid to a Crow camp to help take back horses that were stolen from them. During the raid, she successfully captured 11 horses for the tribe. On the way back to camp, as she kept watch while the men rested, she spotted two enemies try to make off with their goods and she took them down herself.
The tribe’s Chief, Lone Walker, bestowed the name "Running Eagle" on her because of her greatness. This was a name only given to the greatest warriors, and it was the first time it had ever been given to a woman. She was also asked to be a part of the Braves Society of Young Warriors.

She went on to lead numerous raids as the leader of the Piegan war party, but was often specifically targeted and eventually killed base solely on the fact that she was a woman in power.

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