This is the only pose in which Sitting Bull looks directly at the camera. Without the distractions of props, backdrop, or headdress, we are left to contemplate his calm, weathered face. William Notman & Son, “Sitting Bull,” Montreal, 1885, McCord Museum.

This is the only pose in which Sitting Bull looks directly at the camera. Without the distractions of props, backdrop, or headdress, we are left to contemplate his calm, weathered face. William Notman & Son, “Sitting Bull,” Montreal, 1885, McCord Museum.

Sitting Bull: Thathanka Iyotake in Lakota language was a First Nation leader who lead the Lakota Nation on a last, heroic struggle against the American government in the 19th century. He brought several First Nation chiefs together to resist the government's cavalries, one of his most famous stand-offs was the Battle of Little Bighorn.

Sitting Bull: Thathanka Iyotake in Lakota language was a First Nation leader who lead the Lakota Nation on a last, heroic struggle against the American government in the 19th century. He brought several First Nation chiefs together to resist the government's cavalries, one of his most famous stand-offs was the Battle of Little Bighorn.

Tatanka Iyotake, Sitting Bull. Sitting Bull, the most influential Hunkpapa Lakota holy man in history, by James Ayers.

Tatanka Iyotake, Sitting Bull. Sitting Bull, the most influential Hunkpapa Lakota holy man in history, by James Ayers.

Sitting Bull, Lakota Sioux. "It is through this mysterious power that we too have our being, and we therefore yield to our neighbors, even to our animal neighbors, the same right as ourselves to inhabit this vast land."

Sitting Bull, Lakota Sioux. "It is through this mysterious power that we too have our being, and we therefore yield to our neighbors, even to our animal neighbors, the same right as ourselves to inhabit this vast land."

An autographed photo of the Lakota chief, Sitting Bull, who by this time in his life had become a national celebrity as the most fearsome Indian of them all.   Photographed by Palmquist & Jurgens in 1884. (Library of Congress )    Each man is good in the sight of the Great Spirit.   Sitting Bull.

An autographed photo of the Lakota chief, Sitting Bull, who by this time in his life had become a national celebrity as the most fearsome Indian of them all. Photographed by Palmquist & Jurgens in 1884. (Library of Congress ) Each man is good in the sight of the Great Spirit. Sitting Bull.

A young Sitting Bull by Ervin Usman

A young Sitting Bull by Ervin Usman

---Chief Sitting Bull, speaking at powder River Conference in 1877

---Chief Sitting Bull, speaking at powder River Conference in 1877

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Warriors are not what you think of as warriors. The warrior is not someone who…

Warriors are not what you think of as warriors. The warrior is not someone who…

Sitting Bull's headdress. Headresses like these aren't meant for style. They are sacred. Only those chosen by the nation wear these. They aren't meant for Etsy or for Festival  attire.

Sitting Bull's headdress. Headresses like these aren't meant for style. They are sacred. Only those chosen by the nation wear these. They aren't meant for Etsy or for Festival attire.

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