It is reported that Sitting Bull made a small fortune on his participation at the Wild West Show, earning about $50 a week (equal to $1,364 in 2018) for the four months he joined the tour. He would also negotiate prices for autographs and pictures with him. Coming from a prominent Lakota family (his father was a wealthy leader), those skills came in naturally for him; he was also a philanthropist of sorts, giving away his earnings for his people. The movie nods to those events, first when Sitting Bull makes a deal with Caroline Weldon for his portrait, and then when he sends her into town to get supplies for his people, with the money she paid him. See more »
Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee, Dances With Wolves, Hostiles, and this film are all about the same subject--the removal of Indians from the Western territories/states. Each one of these films tells the story from a different, yet true, perspective. Woman Walks Ahead shows clearly how ultra-conservatives can, and do, demonize anybody who doesn't agree with them. Ultra-liberals do the same thing, of course, and back in the NYC of this time period, where the female character played by Jessica Chastain hails from, there were plenty who didn't have a grasp of the situation out West. Chastain plays her part well--except for the fact that she can't keep a British accent though her character is supposed to be from England originally. Setting that aside, ready yourself for brutality comparable to Hostiles--and for a history lesson you won't forget.
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