Sitting Bull Wore a Crucifix

CP&S comment:  Some interest has been stirred, both on the blog and off it, on one of the examples of bad and  biased journalism mentioned by Fr George Rutler in his ‘Weekly Column’ that we published yesterday, that of the large Crucifix worn by the Red Indian, Sitting Bull, until his dying day. The well known photo of this famous Indian chief was photoshopped to blot out the Crucifix! Such a powerful witness to the Saviour of Mankind and the instrument of our redemption could not be tolerated by the secular media, even over 100 years ago. Flagrant hostility to Christians by the MSM, and in particular to the Catholic Church, continues to grow increasingly worse in our day. Here is an account of the background to this story by Catholic blogger, Dr Taylor Marshall.

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Sitting Bull (sitting) wearing his crucifix

Not long ago, I was speaking with Father Phil Wolfe about the evangelization of the Flathead Indians in northwest America. He stood up up from his desk and went to one of his many bookshelves and pulled down a book. He opened it and set it in front of me with a page open to a photo.

“Who’s that?”
I had seen the photo several times since my youth. It’s in every student’s US History book. “That’s Sitting Bull,” I said.
“Have you ever seen this photo before?” he asked.
“Yes, of course.”
Father said, “Really. Look closer. Have you ever seen the non-cropped version of the Sitting Bull?”
I took another look. I couldn’t believe it. Sitting Bull was wearing a crucifix!
That’s correct. Sitting Bull wore a crucifix and apparently was baptized into the Catholic Faith by Father De Smet of the Jesuits. Here’s one account from a biography on General Custer:
It was stated at one time that Sitting Bull, while hating the white Americans and disdaining to speak their language; was yet very fond of the French Canadians, that he talked French, and that he had been converted to Christianity by a French Jesuit, named Father De Smet. How true this may be is uncertain, but probably there is some foundation for it. The French Jesuits have always been noted for their wonderful success in winning the affections of the Indians, as well as for the transitory nature of their conversions, and it is very possible that Father De Smet may have not only baptized Sitting Bull at some time, but induced him and his braves to attend mass, as performed by himself in the wilderness. The benefits of the conversion seem however to have been only skin deep, as far as preventing cruelty in war is concerned. (Whittaker, A Complete Life of General Custer, Volume 2, 535).
I think the photo reveals that this story is more than a legend. Sitting Bull wore the emblem of the Crucified Son of God from his neck. It’s a pity that the image is usually cropped  in magazines and textbooks so as to hide the crucifix. This just reveals that American political correctness has led to the revision of history. The photo has been cropped for so long that virtually no one knows that Sitting Bull wore a crucifix!
So pray for the repose of the soul of Thathánka Iyotake (Sitting Bull), who died on Dec 15, 1890.
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8 Responses to Sitting Bull Wore a Crucifix

  1. John says:

    The left gain enormous authority by means of historical revisionism.

    Whether it is misrepresenting Sitting Bull or making out that the party of slavery, Ku Klux Klan and Jim Crow are the non racists and who have killed the phenomenal progress African Americans were making after emancipation are non racist and their opponents are racist or that Fascists and National Socialists were right wing, there are no limits to the revisionism.

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  2. Crow says:

    This is extraordinary! It is really making me think!

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  3. John says:

    When Mussolini got in power Lenin wrote to him congratulating him because he recognised him as a fellow Marxist. The bullying or shaming people into silence strategy those historical leftists used are still their strategy today.

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  5. Crow says:

    I will try and buy a photograph of Sitting Bull with Crucifix. It is inspiring and, at the same time, speaks volumes.

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  6. Kate R. says:

    People romanticize the American Indian, but unrevised history reveals staggering acts and brutality. In New England, the Indians would leave the heads and hands of settlers in trees, as warnings. Men who were just moments before plowing their fields for their family. Look up the North American marytrs to see what they suffered.

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  7. Kurt says:

    that Fascists and National Socialists were right wing, there are no limits to the revisionism.

    Now that is just silly. That Franco and his fascists were of the right is just self-evident. As for the Nazis, one can make whatever academic argument one wants, but the terms “left” and “right” came from parliamentary seating practices. In the Reichstag, the parties sat in their self-perceived place, the Communists on the far left, the SPD in the center-left, the Catholic Centre Party in the center (hence the name) and the Nazis on the far right with the conservatives in the center-right.

    The Nazi and Communist extremists were kept out of power by the Weimer coalition of Catholics, Socialists and liberals. This coalition put aside differences on important issues (e.g. abortion, etc) to oppose totalitarianism. Sadly, when the Catholic-Socialist-Liberal coalition lost its majority, the conservative party tragically would not join with them to block the Nazis but instead formed a coalition with the Nazis, bringing them to power. They approached the Catholic party as well, winning over the leader of the Right-wing of the Catholic party, Von Pappen. To the eternal credit of the Catholic party they refused the proposal for a Catholic-Conservative-Nazi coalition and expelled Von Pappen from the party, with no other member breaking ranks.

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