A website visitor asked me about scans of the famous Sicangu author Luther Standing Bear to use them in a movie project. If you have better quality scans of Luther portraits, please let me know, I would hand them on.
This is a good opportunity to start a thread about the Standing Bear Family. I´m sure all of you have read one or more books of Luther SB, whose Lakota name was Ota K'te (Plenty Kill). I begin to post some pictures of him. Please feel free to add info or photos you have.
Luther Standing Bear arriving at Carlisle Indian School in 1879
I hope we together can find an answer to your question. We'd first have to figure out if we're talking about the same men. One Stephen Standing Bear was indeed an Oglala, but as much as I know not related to George/Luther's family. Here´s some info on him:
Back in the 1970s I was one of many white-guy pals of Eugene George Standingbear, son of Luther and Laura (Cloud Shield) Standing Bear. I was in my 20s, fresh out of Vietnam and trying to find my way in journalism; Eugene was in his 70s with a rich, rollercoaster life behind him. I spent hours with Gene, recording his stories on cassette tapes and writing articles in local (Colorado) newspapers about him. I even wrote a book about him that never got published. Then about a year ago I rewrote the whole, long story and published it on my noblesavageworld website... in case anyone's interested.
Gene had been steeped in Lakota heritage [thanks mostly to his Uncle and Aunt White Bull (Laura's brother and sister-in-law at Pine Ridge)]; he'd had a brush with OmAha culture when Mom Laura married former Carlisle classmate Levi Levering (who then headed the Omaha Indian agency on the reservation); then he'd married into Osage royalty as son-in-law of Chief Fred Lookout. [The Osage were the wealthiest per-capita society of people on Earth at the time, thanks to their oil, to Frank Phillips of petroleum fame, and to "Big Jim" Bigheart, the Osage chief before Fred who'd lobbied with Uncle Sam to ensure that the Osage people held onto the mineral rights under their land.] Whew.
Anyhow, Eugene led an incredible life, and I'm going to try to post a few pictures here that I took when Gene was hired for episodes of the Grizzly Adams and The Chisholms tv shows, back in the late 70s. If I have trouble getting the pix posted, I'll try to contact Dietmar, who BTW deserves a lot of thanks for managing this amazing-good website.