Hunkpapa Lakota Sioux holy man (circa 1831–1890) known for his steadfast opposition to the intrusion of the U.S. government into Sioux lands. Sitting Bull’s “vision” of the defeat of American troops prior to the Battle of Little Bighorn proved prescient, indeed, and it was largely through his leadership and inspiration that the Cheyenne and Sioux decisively overcame Custer’s 7th Cavalry. Fleeing to Canada following the battle, Sitting Bull later returned to the U.S. and toured with Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show. Fearing his growing influence, government agents fatally shot him during an arrest attempt at Standing Rock Agency on December 15, 1890. Very rare original 4.25 x 6.5 cabinet bust portrait, imprinted in the bottom border, “Geo. W. Scott, Fort Yates, Dakota,” signed on the reverse in black ink, “Sitting Bull.” Collector’s notation at top of reverse reads, “Autograph of Famous Sioux Indian War Chief Sitting Bull.” Scattered light rubbing and surface marks to image, some light toning and soiling to bottom border, and an even shade of mild toning to reverse, otherwise fine condition.
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