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Luther Standing Bear (Ota Kte, Mochunozhin), 1868-1939
Luther Standing Bear was born Ota Kte on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. Standing Bear was raised as a traditional Sioux, growing up in Nebraska and South Dakota and was a hereditary chief of the Dakotas. He was one of the first students to attend the Carlisle Indian School in Pennsylvania. He held various jobs including teacher, minister and clerk. In 1898 he toured with the Buffalo Bill Wild West Show which lead him to California and the world of acting. In the 1920’s and 1930’s he fought to improve conditions for Indians on the reservations, writing several books about Indian life and government policy. Standing Bear was a member of the National League for Justice to the American Indian, Oglala Council, Actor’s Guild of Hollywood, and Indian Actor’s Association.
Online resources by or about Luther Standing Bear:
The Living Spirit of the Indian
Author: Glenn Welker
Description: Writing of Luther Standing Bear.
Native American Folklore: Essay by Standing Bear, Chief of the Oglala Sioux
Author: NCSU AISES
Description: Essay by Oglala Sioux Chief Standing Bear entitled The Living Spirit of the Indian from the homepage of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society at North Carolina State University.
Books by Luther Standing Bear:
Standing Bear, Luther. Land of the Spotted Eagle
Boston : Houghton-Mifflin Company, 1933.
Standing Bear, Luther. My Indian boyhood
Lincoln, NE : University of Nebraska Press, 1988.
Audience: All Ages
ISBN: 0803291868 (pbk.)
Standing Bear, Luther. My People, the Sioux
New York : Houghton Mifflin, 1928.
Genre: Oral History
Audience: All Ages
Standing Bear, Luther. Stories of the Sioux
Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, 1934.
Genre: Short Stories / Folklore
ISBN: 0803291876 (pbk.)
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