Chief Black Kettle

The Case:

George Bryson has lived with a bigger than life family legend for decades.  Family lore says George’s great, great-uncle fought along side General Custer in a clash with the Southern Cheyenne in the 1868 Battle of Washita - also known as the Washita Massacre. An important Cheyenne leader, Chief Black Kettle, lost his life in a dawn attack. 

George’s great, great-uncle returned from the war with an Indian neckpiece and leggings he said belonged to Chief Black Kettle.

Does the family indeed have jewelry and clothing that once adorned a Cheyenne Peace Chief? He asks History Detectives host Wes Cowan to find out.

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Season 10, Episode 4

Wes Cowan Location:
Cheyenne and Concho, Oklahoma

More Information

Washita Battlefield National Historical Site
18555 Hwy 47A
Cheyenne, OK 73628

Oklahoma Historical Society
Oklahoma History Center
800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive
Oklahoa City, OK 73105-7917
(405) 522-5248

Black Kettle Engravings

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