Chief Left Hand: Renaissance Man of the Arapaho

Excerpts from my book, Forgotten Heroes and Villains of Sand Creek (June 11, 2010).

Gifted in languages and marked by a rich curiosity about the white world, Left Hand was a man ahead of his time. He possessed a clarity of foresight that few around him shared, and an unrelenting pragmatism that informed every action he took.

Statue of Chief Left Hand in Boulder, Colorado

Long before others realized the truth, Left Hand understood there was an endless supply of white settlers and that his small tribe would either adapt or face annihilation. Against all evidence to the contrary, he never gave up hope that it could be the former instead of the latter.

See also Chief Left-Hand of the Arapaho — Iconic figure and a martyr for peace

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