Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee


Dee Brown

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Black Coyote Character Analysis

Unfortunate Sioux man whose age, confusion, and deafness may accidentally have sparked the Wounded Knee Massacre (although it’s possible that Black Coyote was a scapegoat). After U.S. soldiers marched Black Coyote and his fellow Sioux to the Wounded Knee Creek, they ordered the Sioux to surrender all weapons. Black Coyote began waving his rifle, though it’s unlikely that he was trying to shoot American troops: mostly likely, he was confused and was simply grumbling about having paid a lot of money for his weapon. Brown suggests that Black Coyote’s supposed “act of aggression” was just a flimsy alibi for what followed: the U.S. army proceeded to murder hundreds of innocent Sioux men, women, and children.
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Black Coyote Character Timeline in Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee

The timeline below shows where the character Black Coyote appears in Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 19: Wounded Knee
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...troops examined the Native Americans for any concealed weapons. Then, they noticed a man named Black Coyote , who was deaf, waving a rifle. Black Coyote, according to eyewitnesses, was waving the... (full context)