Little Blackfoot woman...pondering the life of the great Blackfoot warrior woman, Running Eagle, whom these falls are named after. "She was born "Otaki" during Hudsons Bay Trading era in Southern Alberta Canada. She was called "Brown Weasel Woman" and the oldest child of five. She was from the Piegan Tribe of the Blackfeet Nation. When she was young, she preferred to play with the boys over the girls and wanted to do the things her brothers were doing, and against her mother’s wishes, her father began to teach her. Otaki's father was a very important warrior in their tribe and he taught her how to hunt and fight. Soon, she was good enough to go out on hunting expeditions and shoot a buffalo on her own.
On one particular hunting expedition, the group was attacked by the Assiniboine, an enemy tribe of theirs. As Otaki fled along with the rest of the hunting party, her father’s horse was shot down. As soon as she saw this, she turned around and raced straight into enemy fire. She dropped the fresh meat from her horse and pulled her father on with her, saving his life. After this victory, she was celebrated and she was allowed to sing the Victory Song, and a Scalp Dance was done in her honor. Although many celebrated her victory, there were also those who shunned her behavior as a woman.
Her mother fell ill and Otaki had to help care for her. Around the same time, her father died in a battle against the Crows. She then went on to battle and found a widow to care for her siblings. She continued in war parties for years and died in 1878 in battle. #montana #montanahistory #blackfeetnation #blackfeetstories #runningeaglefalls #waterfalls #blackfoot #blackfootindian #nativeamericanhistory #storiesuntold #stories #ourstories #storiesmatter #remembering #honoringourstories #glaciernationalpark #gnp #trails #nature #naturevibes #mountains