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    Crucifix Discovered in Sitting Bull's Hunkpapa Camp. The crucifix, of brass or bronze, is attached to a pipebone-and-bead necklace. It was found on the site of Sitting Bull's Hunkpapa village in the Little Bighorn valley. Father Pierre DeSmet (1801-1873), a Jesuit missionary on the Northern Plains, did his evangelical work well. Many Lakota and especially the Hunkpapa were at least nominally Roman Catholic. It was said that Myles Keogh's body was not mutilated because of an icon he wore around his neck. Though there is no indication that he adopted Catholicism, Sitting Bull himself was photographed wearing a large crucifix. In any case, this is a remarkable relic of the Indian encampment along the Little Bighorn. See Swanson, G. A. Custer: His Life and Times, p. 210.
    From the Glenwood Swanson Collection.

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