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.

Chief Sitting Bull.  American Frontier - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Chief Sitting Bull. American Frontier - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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."

May 5, 1877, Sitting Bull leads his people into Canada, nearly 1 year after the battle at Little Big Horn.

May 5, 1877, Sitting Bull leads his people into Canada, nearly 1 year after the battle at Little Big Horn.

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.

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.

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