The historical novel, Woman War Chief, tells the true story a female Native American warrior who rose through the ranks of her tribe to became a Crow chief. Born in the Atsina tribe in the year 1800, the ten-year-old girl was abducted by a small band of River Crow hunters, one of whom was Five Scalps. For the rest of the girl's life she lived with the River Crow (also called the Sparrowhawks).
The precocious girl lied to her Crow captors, telling them she was actually a Crow child who had been previously abducted by the Atsina. Because she could speak some of the Crow language, many of the tribal leaders believed her. They adopted the girl as one of their own and named her Pine Leaf.
As she grew, Pine Leaf convinced her mentors that she would become a better hunter and warrior than a lodge woman. Since she was a good rider and fast learner, they allowed her to follow her desire. Pine Leaf lived her full and eventful life in the Wyoming and Montana territories.
About 1828, a black mountain man and trapper named James Beckwourth (a.k.a. Jim Beckwith) decided to live with the River Crow. Pine Leaf rode and fought alongside Jim, competing with him for nearly ten years. Much of this time has been documented because Jim later dictated Woman Chief's exploits to historian Thomas Bonner.
Pine Leaf became famous among natives, trappers, traders, explorers, and just about anyone northwest of St. Louis; she knew legendary figures like Bill Williams, Kit Carson, John Fremont and Jim Bridger. All of these people are mentioned in the book, Woman War Chief.
When her fighting prowess and prudent decisions elevated her to positions of authority, her people changed Pine Leaf's name to Woman Chief. Eventually she became a war chief and a major figure in the Crow Nation. Read about WWC at: http://www.womanwarchief.com/