Was Chief Sitting Bull a Catholic convert? That was the scuttlebutt around Catholic circles this past week. From stories, to blogging, to Catholic radio shows, to postings from Facebook friends, I heard it multiple times. As a student of the Old West, having read numerous accounts of Sitting Bull and a resident of the once vast Dakota Territory, I thought it unlikely. But was it possible that Sitting Bull was a full member of the Catholic Church? To begin with, there are no baptismal records from Father Pierre De Smet, the most likely priest to have baptized him.
And later, after Sitting Bull surrendered from Canada and then led a life as an autograph-seller, celebrity, and farmer on a shrunken reservation in Dakota Territory, it appears that even a bishop tried unsuccessfully to bring Chief Sitting Bull into the Catholic Church.
There are multiple accounts in of Father De Smet walking, alone, unarmed, into Sitting bull sex position armed Sioux camp of five thousand. He helped to secure the numerous signatures of chiefs that appear on the Sitting bull sex position Laramie Treaty.
Laramie Treaty of The Sioux people were divided into several bands and by that year, Sitting Bull was the leader of the Unkpapa band of Sioux or Lakota people. He was considered by the Unkpapa to be both a medicine man and a chief. In a history of South Dakota was put together by Doane Robinson.
He would have been 17 years old and Father De Smet was 47 in The practices of the Unkpapa, and the Lakota spiritual life were much different than what the men in the black robes tried to explain.
Imagine Father De Smet explaining Jesus the Eucharist, and Heaven to a world that believed that each living thing had a spirit that was connected to the Great Spirit. Like most Lakota men, Sitting Bull would often go into a sweat lodge, and pierce himself, pass out, and have a vision Sitting bull sex position know what to do, or what was to befall him. Although he possibly may have baptized Sitting Bull, there are no official records, only entries from Father De Smet of baptizing great numbers of Indians, but not their names.
And when Father De Smet used names, he used French ones, perhaps even assigning them himself. Sitting Bull is reported to have had as many as five wives.
A couple of wives died, and he eventually settled on two women. These were his companions until the end of his life. He would not give up his wives. That Sitting Bull liked family life, there can be no question. Army chased Sitting Bull and his Unkpapa people including women and children through what is now Yellowstone. Sitting Bull wanted the U. Laramie Treaty that Father De Smet helped broker.
So Sitting Bull and the Unkpapa fled north to Canada to stay with some of the other bands of Sioux north of the border. InFather Marty spent eleven days with Sitting Bull trying to persuade him to return home. Father Marty, born in in a tiny town in Switzerland, was 42 when he was sent by his Benedictine order to be the first permanent Catholic priest for the northwestern Dakota Territory. Yatesthe same summer as the Battle of Greasy Grass. He prepared himself by writing a Sioux dictionary and translating Church documents into the Sioux language.
After Father Marty met with Sitting Bull in Canada in he wrote letters to newspapers and to government leaders seeking a way for Sitting Bull and his followers to return. Finally, after four years Sitting bull sex position Canada, inSitting Bull and about Unkpapa surrendered to the U. Sitting Bull and his followers then spent nearly two years in prison at Fort Randall in what is now South Dakota and where the "Sitting bull sex position" day Fort Randall dam is on the Missouri river.
Later that year,Sitting Bull came across the railroad bridge to the new capital of Dakota Territory D. Bismarck was the site of an engineering marvel, the first Sitting bull sex position over the mighty Missouri River, taking the Northern Pacific Railroad into Montana and to the Pacific Coast.
Earlier that year voters had chosen Bismarck over what was once the capital of D. Sitting Bull was a celebrity in Bismarck. He walked into Barry Studios on Main St. Some of the most famous images you know of Sitting Bull came from the photo shoot that day in Sitting Bull wanted to taste more of his celebrity and so he headed east on the new Northern Pacific Railroad. Sitting Bull is at Fort Yates where he has been under the instruction of Bishop Marty for a long time.
This was, though, a show of shows.