starting point of this book is the historical episode of Sitting Bull, when he was a prisoner of war, painting a robe for the ´head of the Catholic Church´ as a present, to be submitted via the bishop of Dakota, Martin Marty. This bi-lingual edition focuses on biographical aspects of Sitting Bull and interaction with Christian missionaries - e.g. the Catholic missionary strategy to convert ´high ranking and renowned Indian leaders´ with the hope to gain comprehensive control or influence over the other people´s culture by this act of ´decapitation´. Taylor comments on aspects of the translation of Sitting Bull´s name, his environment and culture, his retreat to Canada in 1877 and the time as a prisoner of war, the Ghost Dance and death of Sitting Bull, and the Sioux and the Catholic Church today. The appendix includes linguistic aspects of Sitting Bull´s name, details on the robe, etc.
Keywords: Sitting Bull and missionaries, missionaries and (American) Indian culture, conversion of Native Americans, Catholicism and American Indians, biography of Sitting Bull