Below is a video, produced by Trent Gillis of OnBeing, in which the Smithsonian ethnographer Candace Greene, collections and archives resource officer for the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, offers her insightful commentary on 22 drawings or pictographs made by Sitting Bull (1831-1890), leader of the Lakota who defeated General George Armstrong Custer at the Battle of Little Bighorn. I was unfamiliar with these drawings, which were created by Sitting Bull during his incarceration at Fort Randall, Dakota Territory in 1882 and are archived at the Smithsonian. I found Greene's descriptions to be fascinating. I hope you do as well.
Earlier this month, OnBeing rebroadcast "Reimagining Sitting Bull, Tatanka Iyotake"; available in mp3, flash, and as a podcast, it is worth the 51.09 minutes of listening time. You'll find a number of other videos at the program site, including a clip of archival audio about Sitting Bull's signature and a nearly two-hour-long interview with Ernie LaPointe, Sitting Bull's great-grandson.