Sitting Bull and His World (Dutton, 2000)

Sitting Bull and His World

Albert Marrin

A great Hunkpapa Lakota warrior, in 1876 Sitting Bull presided over the largest alliance of Northern Plains Indians ever assembled. With Crazy Horse and Gall, he led those thousands to defeat General Custer at the Battle of the Little Bighorn, a victory that fulfilled his prophetic vision of ‘solders falling into camp. (June 25, 2000 marked the 124th anniversary of the Battle of the Little Bighorn.) He was a holy man and seer, an astute judge of men, a singer and speaker for his people’s ways. Withstanding the ravages wrought by the army, the railroad, the discovery of gold, and the abuses of Washington, he led his band to Canada rather than come in to the with man’s reservation. Albert Marrin illuminates the forces at work--economic, pressures, racism, technology, postwar politics-- that led to the creation of a continental nation at the expense of an entire people.



In his prologue to Sitting Bull and His World (Dutton Children's Books), award-winning author Albert Marrin states: ‘If Sitting Bull's life teaches us anything, it is the danger of judging one society by the ideas of another. In the winning and losing of the West, each side acted according to its own beliefs and customs. Few people deliberately set out to do wrong. By the standards of their own societies, most individuals acted decently and responsibly. In this, both Indians and whites showed their common humanity.’ Throughout this meticulous, yet riveting, biography, Marrin corrects some still common misconceptions about the true nature of the antagonism between the Plains Indians and the U.S. government during the latter half of the 19th century. He does this without demonizing either side. The result is a fresh look at the life of a fascinating American and the troubled times in which he lived. . . Sitting Bull and His World is a carefully researched, well-written biography that young adults should find useful in understanding an important period in American history.

—Lauren P. Gattilia
Education World

Through Marrin’s gripping and complex portrait of Sitting Bull, the author demonstrates the Lakota Sioux leader’s importance in understanding American life today.

—Publisher’s Weekly

This carefully researched, dramatic biography . . . helps readers understand Sitting Bull by first introducing his world. Marrin does an exceptionally good job of creating a full length portrait- not only of a charismatic leader, warrior, seer, and holy man but also the world he inhabited.


This exceptionally well-documented work is an enjoyable read and a valuable resource that merits a place in all collections.”

—School Library Journal