Blood Brothers, the Strange Relationship between Sitting Bull and Buffalo Bill 


I am, as many of you know, not a big non fiction reader.  Additionally and naively said, I was not as aware of life on the plains in the 18850-1890’s.  I knew the big events, like Custer’s Last Stand and I Buried my Heart at Wounded knee and Annie Oakley and Buffalo Bill Cody.  Of course, I knew of Sitting Bull and wild Indians.  So……that being said, this book was an eye opener for me.  I thought the author did an excellent job portraying this difficult and sad time in American History.  I am sure there was guilt on both sides but the Indians (Native Americans) were certainly persecuted and sent off their lands.  There were some beautiful and emotional dialogue from Sitting Bull that made me wonder about the philosophy of acceptance, kindness and valuing the land and the nature around us.  The addition of Annie Oakley as well as the two other women who had such an impact on Sitting Bull was nicely documented and added another side to the biographical information on Sitting Bull.  Likewise with Bill Cody.  Historically, I did not know how Sitting Bull died, so that too was an eye opener.  The legend of the dancing horse, the hugeness of the “buffalo”. were all important parts of this book and my learning experience.  This was one of those books that made me leave the written page and go in search of answers in reference materials.

I read this book, hardcover.  The chapters were long and, as some of my friends have said, the narrative jumped and it was hard to keep up with the exact time frame.  I did OK with all of that.  Well researched and easily read-able.

So, my recommendation is to read this book.  It has added to my education both culturally, spiritually and historically