Liver-Eating Johnson - chopped the leg off a Blackfoot warrior and ate it while fleeing to his friend

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Liver-Eating Johnson - chopped the leg off a Blackfoot warrior and ate it while fleeing to his friend

Rumors, legends, and campfire tales abound about Johnson. Perhaps chief among them is this one: In 1847, his Native American wife was killed by Crow Indians, which prompted Johnson to embark on a 20-year vendetta against the tribe.

The legend says that he would cut out and eat the liver of each man killed. This was an insult to Crow being that the Crow Indians used to eat the raw livers from their game because they believed it gave them the vitality of the animal that they ate. In any case, he eventually became known as "Liver-Eating Johnson".

Jeremiah Johnson attacks a group of Crow Indians in the woods after his family is murdered.



Another story is when Johnson was ambushed by a group of Blackfoot warriors in the dead of winter on a foray to visit his Flathead kin, a trip that would have been over five hundred miles.

The Blackfoot planned to sell him to the Crow, his mortal enemies, for a handsome price. He was stripped to the waist, tied with leather thongs and put in a teepee with an inexperienced guard outside. Johnson managed to chew through the straps, then knocked out his young guard with a punch to the face, took his knife and scalped him, then quickly cut off one of his legs.

He made his escape into the woods, and survived on the Blackfoot's leg until he reached the cabin of Del Que, his trapping partner, more dead than alive, a journey of about two hundred miles.

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Jeremiah Johnson meets Bear Claw Chris Lapp who teaches him a thing or two about skinning "Grizz".



Eventually, Johnson made peace with the Crow, who became "his brothers", and his personal vendetta against them finally ended after twenty-five years and scores of Crow warriors had fallen.



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By netchicken: posted on 23-9-2010








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