Black Shawl

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Black Shawl
Tasina Sapewin
Oglala Lakota leader
Personal details
BornUnited States
United States
Spouse(s)Crazy Horse
RelationsSpotted Tail, sister, Red Feather
ChildrenThey Are Afraid of Her

Black Shawl or Tasina Sapewin was the wife of Crazy Horse, whom she married in 1871. She was a member of the Oglala Lakota and relative of Spotted Tail. Her brother was Red Feather. The elders sent her to heal Crazy Horse after his altercation with No Water.[1] She had a daughter the same year, whose name was They Are Afraid of Her. They Are Afraid of Her died at age three, likely of cholera. Black Shawl also suffered the same disease, and was treated by Dr. Valentine McGillycuddy.

Black Shawl died during a seasonal influenza outbreak in 1927.


  1. ^ "The William Garnett Interview", in The Surrender and Death of Crazy Horse: A Source Book, Ed. Richard G Hardoff, 1998. p. 43

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