Five Crows

Five Crows, also known as Hezekiah, Achekaia, or Pahkatos, was a Cayuse Indian chief.[1] His principal rival for the role of Head Chief of the Cayuse was Young Chief (Weatenatemany).[2]

Five Crows was the maternal half-brother of Tuekakas, Old Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce, and the brother-in-law of Peopeomoxmox. The richest of the Cayuse chiefs with over 1,000 horses, he was ruined financially by the Cayuse War that followed the 1847 Whitman Mission killings. Although he was not involved in the killings, he took one of the mission hostages, Lorinda Bewley, as his wife. After he was wounded in the Cayuse War the Nez Perce under Tuekakas nursed him back to health. Five Crows was popular with the Cayuse people and spoke often at the treaty council.

Five Crows died in Pendleton, Oregon at age 70 and his body was found near Athena, Oregon.[3][4]


  1. ^ "Cayuse man known as Five Crows, Achekaia and/or Pahkatos sits for portrait". University of Washington Libraries Digital Collections. Retrieved 2016-07-08.
  2. ^ "The Treaty Trail, Context for Treatymaking: Biography, Young Chief (Weatenatemany)". Washington State Historical Society. Archived from the original on 2015-09-20. Retrieved 2013-09-15.
  3. ^ Fort Wayne Sentinel, December 17, 1902 page 2
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-04-11. Retrieved 2013-03-10.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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