Woman Walking Ahead: In Search of Catherine Weldon and Sitting Bull Eileen Pollack

ISBN: 9780826328441

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360 pages


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Woman Walking Ahead: In Search of Catherine Weldon and Sitting Bull  by  Eileen Pollack

Woman Walking Ahead: In Search of Catherine Weldon and Sitting Bull by Eileen Pollack
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This book restores a little-known advocate of Indian rights to her place in history. In June 1889, a widowed Brooklyn artist named Catherine Weldon travelled to the Standing Rock Reservation in Dakota Territory to help Sitting Bull hold onto landMoreThis book restores a little-known advocate of Indian rights to her place in history.

In June 1889, a widowed Brooklyn artist named Catherine Weldon travelled to the Standing Rock Reservation in Dakota Territory to help Sitting Bull hold onto land that the government was trying to wrest from his people. Since the Sioux chieftain could neither read nor write English, he welcomed the white womans offer to act as his secretary and lobbyist.

Her efforts were counterproductive- she was ordered to leave the reservation, and the Standing Rock Sioux were bullied into signing away their land. But she returned with her teen-age son, settling at Sitting Bulls camp on the Grand River. In recognition of her unusual qualities, Sitting Bulls people called her Toka heya mani win, Woman Walking Ahead. Predictably, the press vilified Weldon, calling her Sitting Bulls white squaw and accusing her of inciting Sitting Bull to join the Ghost Dance religion then sweeping the West. In fact, Weldon opposed the movement, arguing that the army would use the Ghost dance as an excuse to jail or kill Sitting Bull.

Unfortunately she was right.



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