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Chief Left Hand

Chief Left Hand was a Southern Arapaho Indian leader of the 19th century. His Arapaho name was Noowoo3it (or in a shorter form, Noowoo3), which literally means "left-handed." It is usually rendered in English as Niwot (although it has also been spelled Nawat, Niwathit, Nawathit, Niwath, Noowoothit, Noowooth, Nowoo3, Niwotch, Nawatch, Norwatch, Norwanche, and other ways.) Chief Left Hand was a skilled diplomat who successfully negotiated peace with the Americans, but he was treacherously killed during an attack known as the Sand Creek Massacre.


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Books about Chief Left Hand

Chief Left Hand: Southern Arapaho:
    Excellent biography of the Southern Arapaho leader .
The Sand Creek Massacre * Sand Creek * Massacre at Sand Creek * Forgotten Heroes and Villains of Sand Creek:
    Good books about Chief Left Hand and the massacre of Sand Creek.

Chief Left Hand Resources

Here are some links to online information about Chief Left Hand:
 Chief Left-Hand of the Arapaho: Martyr for Peace
 Chief Niwot and the Sand Creek Massacre
 Chief Left Hand, Arapaho Peacemaker
 Wikipedia: Chief Left Hand

And here are our webpages about the Arapaho tribe and language:
 Arapaho
 Arapahoe nation
 The Sand Creek Massacre
 Arapaho words
 Plains Natives
 Algonquians



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