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HIS LIFE AND LEGACY
Never before has the story of Sitting Bull been written and published by a lineal descendant. In Sitting Bull: His Life and Legacy, Ernie LaPointe, a great-grandson of the famous Hunkpapa Lakota chief, presents the family tales and memories told to him about his great-grandfather. LaPointe not only recounts the rich oral history of his family-the stories of Sitting Bull's childhood, his reputation as a fierce ...
HIS LIFE AND LEGACY
Never before has the story of Sitting Bull been written and published by a lineal descendant. In Sitting Bull: His Life and Legacy, Ernie LaPointe, a great-grandson of the famous Hunkpapa Lakota chief, presents the family tales and memories told to him about his great-grandfather. LaPointe not only recounts the rich oral history of his family-the stories of Sitting Bull's childhood, his reputation as a fierce warrior, his growth into a sage and devoted leader of his people, and the betrayal that led to his murder-but also explains what it means to be Lakota in the time of Sitting Bull and now.
In many ways the oral history differs from what has become the standard and widely accepted biography of Sitting Bull. LaPointe explains the discrepancies, how they occurred, and why he wants to tell his story of Tatanka Iyotake. This book is powerful. It is a story of Native American history, told by a Native American, for all people to better understand a culture, a leader, and a man.
ERNIE LAPOINTE, a great-grandson of Sitting Bull, was born on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. He is a Sun Dancer who lives the traditional way of the Lakota and follows the rules of the sacred pipe. LaPointe and his wife, Sonja, live in South Dakota.
The encroachment of the white man was advancing very quickly, and this worried Four Horns. He decided that new leadership was necessary. In 1867, he sent word to all the Lakota bands and other nearby nations, requesting a gathering to discuss an important matter. There were six Lakota bands, some Yanktonai, and a few Cheyenne who responded to his call and arrived at his camp on the lower Powder River. Among those who arrived quickly were Crazy Horse and Gall. They were in agreement with Four Horns about the need for new leadership, and they understood the urgency of the situation.
Four Horns began the council by explaining to the chiefs and elders why he believed new leadership was required. He said he was advanced in age, and a younger Wicasa was desired to lead the people. He recommended his nephew, Tatanka Iyotake, to be the chief of the Tiatunwa Lakota Nation. The council members all agreed with Four Horns that Tatanka Iyotake was the best choice, for he was advanced in his thinking and actions for one who was only thirty-six years old. They also agreed to the appointment of Crazy Horse as the second chief.
21 Jumping Badger
26 Earning His Name
31 The Strong Heart Society
34 Jumping Bull
39 Wives and Children
44 Gazing at the Sun: The First Vision
48 Encountering the Americans
50 The Leader of the Lakota
53 Arrow Creek
58 Broken Promises
61 The Stage is Set
68 The Battle of the Greasy Grass
72 In the Land of the Grandmother
81 Military Custody
85 A Limited Captivity
91 The Ghost Dance
102 The Murder
108 Burying the Dead
113 Leaving Standing Rock
118 The Burial Site of Tatanka Iyotake
122 Living The Legacy
128 Appendix 1
A Letter from E.D. Mossman, Superintendant of the Standing Rock Indian School, to the Commissioner of Indian Affairs in Washington D.C.
131 Appendix 2
Assessment of a Lock of Hair and Leggings Attributed to Sitting Bull, a Hunkpapa Sioux, in the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution-Executive Summary
Posted October 18, 2009
Mr. LaPointe is Sitting Bull's great grandson, and in this book he shares the stories about his famous great grandfather that have been passed down to him through his family, lending personality and presence to an historical character who has been largely defined by whites. The book provides an interesting look into traditional Lakota culture, as well, and is a clear reminder of the abuses the Lakota suffered at the hands of the federal government. There is also an interesting connection to current situations involving Sitting Bull's resting place. All in all this book is a fascinating, thought provoking read.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.