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Chiefs - Sitting Bull - Part 1

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In the years following the American Civil War, a hard-fought Sioux resistance to western expansion, led by warrior and healer Sitting Bull, seemed to have accomplished the impossible: a treaty in which the United States gave the Sioux control of their territory for all time. However, the potential to harvest the riches of the western plains, especially gold, soon proved more important to the nation than honouring the treaty.

This two-part episode of Chiefs chronicles the life and legacy of a remarkable Native leader that the US government regarded as a stubborn and dangerous obstacle.

This series is the saga of five great First Nations chiefs -- Sitting Bull, Pontiac, Joseph Brant, Black Hawk and Pîhtokahanapiwiyin (Poundmaker). Their stories form a central drama of the history of the North American continent. Their living descendants are the storytellers. By blending documentary and re-enactment, the episodes reveal an alternative and essential history of Canada and the United States.

2002, 46 min 35 s

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