This is the only pose in which Sitting Bull looks directly at the camera. Without the distractions of props, backdrop, or headdress, we are left to contemplate his calm, weathered face. William Notman & Son, “Sitting Bull,” Montreal, 1885, McCord Museum.
Sitting Bull: Thathanka Iyotake in Lakota language was a First Nation leader who lead the Lakota Nation on a last, heroic struggle against the American government in the 19th century. He brought several First Nation chiefs together to resist the government's cavalries, one of his most famous stand-offs was the Battle of Little Bighorn.
Sitting Bull, Lakota Sioux. "It is through this mysterious power that we too have our being, and we therefore yield to our neighbors, even to our animal neighbors, the same right as ourselves to inhabit this vast land." More
Sitting Bull-- A Hunkpapa Lakota chief and holy man under whom the Lakota tribes united in their struggle for survival on the northern plains, Sitting Bull remained defiant toward American military power and contemptuous of American promises to the end. [PBS.org]