Chief Flying Hawk was a warrior. He fought along with his cousin Crazy Horse, his brothers Kicking Bear and Black Fox at the Little Big Horn. He was present at the death of Crazy Horse and the Wounded Knee Massacre. To escape the constraints and poverty of reservation life he joined Buffalo Bills Wild West Show, 1898. Imitating battle scenes angered him at first. Eventually he sold his picture postcards for a penny to supplement his meager income. When Iron Tail died he became head Chief.