Sitting Bull’s Voice

Sunday, November 3, 2013 – 12:00 pm Matinee Screening

• Delancey Street Theatre •


Sitting Bull’s Voice
Director: Bill Matson
Documentary Feature • 120m • USA

A braid of the great Lakota leader Sitting Bull’s hair and the leggings he wore when he was murdered in 1890 were stolen from his body by the US Army mortician during his burial. They were loaned to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC in 1896 for display purposes. The mortician died leaving the hair and leggings without an heir or beneficiary.

During the repatriation, one of the world’s leading DNA specialists, Dr. Eske Willerslev, called LaPointe from the University of Copenhagen in Denmark and asked if he could have some of the hair to determine Sitting Bull’s DNA. LaPointe told Dr. Willerslev he would have to ask Sitting Bull’s spirit in a ceremony. Puzzled but willing, Dr. Willerslev flew to South Dakota to participate in the ceremony. During the ceremony Dr. Willerslev had an encounter with Sitting Bull’s spirit that he could not explain. Sitting Bull’s spirit went down his throat and looked into his heart and said he was allowed to take three inches of his braid. 


Delancey Street Theatre
600 The Embarcadero
San Francisco
California , 94107
United States

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