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Indian Warrior Women

Pine Leaf by James Beckwourth, possibly Woman Chief? c.1820

Pine Leaf by James Beckwourth’s autobiography
possibly Woman Chief? c.1820


Indian Warrior Women – Most Indian women did not pursue warfare as a way of life, though they could do so without censure if they wished. It was not uncommon for childless married women to accompany their husbands into battle zones. Proximity to the fighting could bring them into an active role in a conflict, particularly if a husband were wounded or killed. Natural female warriors usually became apparent in childhood and joined in warfare at their own choice. Others were made warriors by situation and circumstance. There were certainly some mothers among the fighters. These brave and bold women were often war chiefs, leaders and notable warriors, well known within their tribe and certainly by their enemies.


The Warriors

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