In 1868, Red Cloud was the most famous, and the most feared, of all the great Native American resistance leaders. What became known as ‘Red Cloud’s War’ was the only example of a sustained Native American victory over the might and modernity of the US Army. This moment of victory, however, was the turning point in the 400 year conflict between indigenous peoples and white settlers. The West was lost (or won, depending upon your point of view!)
Now overshadowed by names such as Sitting Bull, Crazy Horse and Geronimo, Red Cloud was a more subtle, intelligent and successful leader.
Andy Gibbs’ talk uncovers this great man’s story, sets it in the conflict of the wider conflict and examines the ways in which the ‘Noble Savage’ has been portrayed in the popular culture of the 20th Century