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Hunkpapas - Native American Indians - Sun Dance and letting blood



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Bury my Heart at Wounded Knee – Dee Brown

Early in the Moon of Making Fat, the Hunkpapas had their annual sun dance. For three days Sitting Bull danced, bled himself and stared at the sun until he fell into a trance. When he rose again, he spoke to his people. In his vision he had heard a voice crying 'I give you these because they have no ears'.

When he looked into the sky he saw soldiers falling like grasshoppers with their heads down and their hats falling off. They were falling right into the Indian camp. Because the white men had no ears and would not listen, Wakatanka was giving these soldiers to the Indians to be killed.

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Native American Indians

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