I can't say that I knew much about Sitting Bull when we began this research several years ago. His was the final name in our first series of shows on the spiritual legacy of historical figures.
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.
A listener grapples with our show and Sitting Bull's legacy.
A complicated history deserves some detailed research.
A brief clip of of archival audio (1946) about Sitting Bull's signature that we found while doing research for this show.