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Re: You are part Indian/Cherokee? Which part?

Hi, Lynn. One of my hardest challenges in studying [unofficially] Native American history is the translations of Native American names by the Europeans.

It is just recently that I have discovered that 'Sitting Bull' had a Native American name. I guess Sitting Bull was an English translation of that name.

Along with translations came the invariable misspellings and subtle variations on spellings.

Here is a website where his name is listed as 'Tatanka Iyotake'. Presumably, this is a reproduction of an official document.

On the PBS website, however, the name is spelled exactly as you suggest, Tatanka-Iyotanka.

Moreover, on the PBS site, his tribe is identified as 'Hunkpapa' wherein the Standing Rock census identifies the tribe as 'Uncpapa'.

Since there is so much to the history of Native Americans, I am doing what I invariably do in my genealogy research: adopt the variations and make note of them.


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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