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May 2012

The Hailstone Spots of Crazy Horse

Arch Dermatol. 2012;148(5):662. doi:10.1001/archdermatol.2011.3178

This article is about the decorative body paint of perhaps the greatest Native American warrior of his time: Crazy Horse (circa 1840-1877). Yes, it will discuss the natural pigments that were streaked across his face, but the story is much more than that. For behind the facial colorations of Crazy Horse lies a tale of a Native American hero who struggled, with courage and skill, to defend his people's way of life from destruction by the ever-expanding US settlement of the American West.

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