Taylor, Ph. D.
Sitting Bull and the White Manís Religion
Early Missionaries in North America
A bison robe for the Pope in Rome? More than a century ago it
was reported that Sitting Bull, the great spiritual and
political leader of the Lakota, painted a robe for the head of
the Catholic church while a prisoner of war and transmitted this
valuable gift to Europe via the bishop of Dakota, Martin Marty.
Based on this relatively well documented historical episode, the
worldwide recognized scholar, Colin Taylor, carefully analysed
the efforts of the official churches to convert high ranking and
renowned Indian leaders such as Sitting Bull, to the white manís
Moreover, he painstakingly examined Sitting Bullís name and
concluded that careless translations, limited examinations of
the historical record as well as some linguistic problems in the
past, ignored the fact that Sitting Bullís true Lakota name was
strongly based on his rank and significance among his people and
reflected the high esteem in which he was held. The result is an
important study in depth which enhances the biographical record
on this notable character.
77 pp., 15x21 cm, 10 figs.
Softbound. Bilingual edition (Englisch-German)