For the Lakota people, Cedric Good House of Standing Rock Reservation says, songs kept different memories and meanings alive. Sitting Bull sang the song above, Mr. Good House says, to remind his people of their way of living at a time when things looked most bleak — in what the history books describe as the "surrender" at Fort Buford:

"Our story says it was an exchange of lifestyle. People were starving. He chose that the better would be for them to have food and shelter. So he in turn took his rifle, he gave it to his son; his son gave it to Colonel Buford or whatever his name was. And he's the one that called it a surrender, but it wasn't a surrender. It was an exchange of lifestyle. You're going to give this lifestyle to my son, not to me."

Check out the rest of our show, "Tatanka Iyotake: Reimagining Sitting Bull," to hear more of Cedric Good House and Sitting Bull's great-grandson Ernie LaPointe describe the spiritual legacy of Tatanka Iyotake.

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Thanks so much for including the wonderful recording by Cedric Good House of Sitting Bull's song.  There is definitely a sad longing in that song...  a deep grieving sound.  It made me ache to listen to it.  Sitting Bull was quite a man, and I appreciated the chance to hear Mr. Good House and Mr. LaPointe discuss his spiritual legacy.   

You are most welcome. We're grateful to be able to publish these stories.