Cheyennes Attack Pawnees on Loup River, 1830
In 1830 the Cheyenne, bolstered by their two great medicines, their
Medicine Arrows and their Sacred Buffalo Hat, traveled to attack the
Skidi Pawnees at the head of the Loup River. The Skidis were gathered
for their ceremonial killing of a captive as a sacrifice to the Morning
Star. The Cheyenne first attacked some Skidi buffalo hunters but soon
the entire Pawnee force arrived on the scene ready for battle. An old
Pawnee who was ill and wished to die went out between the two battle
lines, sat down and began to sing his death song. Bull, the keeper of
the Sacred Arrows, had the bundle of Medicine Arrows tied to his spear.
As he attempted to lance the lone Pawnee the old man jerked the lance
from Bull's grasp. Other Skidi's hurried up and carried off the Sacred
Arrow bundle, the loss of which totally demoralized the Cheyennes, who
gave up the fight.