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All birds, even those of the same species are not alike, and it is the same with animals as with human beings. The reason Wakantanka does not make two birds, or two animals, or humans exactly alike is because each is placed here by Wakantanka to be an independent individuality and to rely on its self. —Shooter, Teton Sioux

Chief from the Blackfeet Teton band of the Lakota Sioux, later presiding as a Lakota chief. His warrior name was Ma-tow-a-tak-pe or Charging Bear and he fought at the Battle of the Little Bighorn.

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The Sioux Chief and Woman Native American Photochrome Portrait Print

The Sioux Chief

Vash Gon - Jicarilla. Photo by Edward Curtis around 1907-1930. His work did do its part to perpetuate the "noble savage" stereotype, but they're still beautiful photographs that recognize the humanity of the subjects.

If the Great Spirit has desired me to be a white man he would have made me so in the first place. He put in your heart certain wishes and plans; in my heart he put other and different desires. Each man is good in the sight of the Great Spirit. It is not necessary for eagles to be crows. Now we are poor but we are free. No white man controls our footsteps. If we must die, we die defending our rights. --Sitting Bull - Teton Sioux

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Sitting Bull Print 11x17 - Famous Seniors

Hunkpapa Lakota Sioux war chief, Sitting Bull

Salknam kidnapped children from the native american on their way to Europe to display in the garden of a human animals 1899.

Woman’s regalia and Accessories. Artist: Jodi Archambault Gillette (Native American, Hunkpapa Lakota (Teton Sioux), born North Dakota, 1969). Date: 2005. Geography: United States, North Dakota. Culture: Hunkpapa Lakota (Teton Sioux)

Feather Headdress circa 1925 from United States, North or South Dakota. Culture: Lakota (Teton Sioux). Credit Line: Buffalo Bill Center of the West, Cody, Wyoming, Catherine Bradford Collection, Gift of the Coe Foundation...part of the exhibition " The Plains Indians: Artists of Earth and Sky"

“The animals had rights - the right of a man’s protection, the right to live, the right to multiply, the right to freedom, and the right to man’s indebtedness - and in recognition of these rights the Lakota never enslaved an animal, and spared all life that was not needed for food and clothing.” - Chief Luther Standing Bear - Oglala Sioux