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Chief Heavy Runner
Heavy Runner was a Blackfoot
leader of the 19th century. He belonged to the Southern
whose territory was located in what is today Montana.
He was also known as Bear Chief or Tail That Goes Up The Hill.
(It was very common for Plains Indian men to have multiple names during their lifetime.)
Heavy Runner negotiated a peace treaty with the Americans,
but he was tragically killed in 1870 during an attack known as the Marias (or Baker) Massacre.
Tradition says that Heavy Runner was actually holding a copy of the peace treaty when he was
treacherously shot to death.
Books about Heavy Runner
Death, Too, for The-Heavy-Runner:
Book about Heavy Runner and the Baker Massacre.
Blood on the Marias: The Baker Massacre:
Good history book about the Marias Massacre.
Blackfeet and Buffalo: Memories of Life Among the Indians:
Collection of Blackfoot oral histories including several about Heavy Runner.
Heavy Runner Resources
Here are some links to online information about Heavy Runner:
The Heavy Runner Massacre
Blackfeet remember massacre of Heavy Runner band
Chief Heavy Runner Genealogy
Wikipedia: Heavy Runner
And here are our webpages about the Blackfoot tribe and language:
The Marias Massacre
Blackfoot Indian names
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