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Sitting Bull: His Life and Legacy
Ernie LaPointe is the great -grandson of the famous Hunkpapa Lakota chief, and he presents the family tales and memories told to him about his great-grandfather. 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 ...more
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published September 1st 2009 by Gibbs Smith
(first published 2009)
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Here at last is the true story of Sitting Bull. Books about him with sources of men like Stanley Vestal are all false and based on fabrication. Stanley Vestal had a story to write and it didn't matter whether anything was accurate or not. When he interviewed a relative of Sitting Bull, by the name of One Bull, that man was not a direct relation and further more was the man to betray Sitting Bull. He was the direct cause of Sitting Bull and companions murders. It is a very short book, can much be ...more
You can read all the books you want about Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse, but if you don't include in that list accounts written by indigenous authors from the same culture, you will miss the point of their lives. Just as Joseph M. Marshall's book "The Journey of Crazy Horse: A Lakota History" reveals the origins and cultural context of this great Native American warrior, so Ernie LaPointe's book adds flesh and blood to a powerful but remote icon who symbolizes heroic resistance against the inevit ...more
The great grandson of Sitting Bull endeavored to turn Lakota oral history into a written history and to also have the truth be known about his great grandfather. A written narrative was different as many Lakota words do not translate into English. "Sitting Bull" as Tatanka Iyotake was called should have translated into Buffalo Bull Who Sits Down. A compelling history of this famous man are the essence of the oral histories told to Ernie and explain the discrepancies in his grandfather's life and ...more
Really enjoyed it, but if you know nothing about Sitting Bull this is not a book you will enjoy. Ernie tells the story in the traditional oral way. Each chapter reveals a different story about his great grandfather from the family's point of view. If you have read nothing about Sitting Bull, it would feel disjointed. If you have, it helps you understand some of the things that he did. I listened to Ernie LaPointe at Ft Buford on the 130th anniversary of Sitting Bull's "surrender". It was an expe ...more
Outstanding book written by Sitting Bull's Great Grandson. Ernie LaPointe is a personal friend. An American patriot who has courage, honor, and determination. This is a book that is truly worth reading if you want to know how Sitting Bull and his decendents have been treated by their tribe and the fight Ernie has made to restore Sitting Bull's legacy.
My nephew and niece got me this book for Christmas. They visited Little Bighorn this year and met the author Ernie LaPointe and get the autographed book. Ernie LaPoint is the great grandson of Tatanka Iyotake, also known as Sitting Bull. The book traces his life and is written in the tradition of oral history. It has many insights and is an excellent read.
You can't believe everything you have read, especially if it was from antagonistic sources. Ernie LaPointe is a great-grandson of Tatanka Iyotake ("Sitting Bull"), and sets the record straight with the family stories that don't match the records of One Bull, the nephew who betrayed Sitting Bull, who was a primary source for past "histories."
Ernie La Pointe is the direct lineal Great Grandson of Tatanka Iyotake, Sitting Bull. He tells the true oral history of his family and the Lakota people in this fascinating, very well researched book. It should be required reading in American History classes. Well worth the read!