By Rachel A. Koestler-Grack
In Annie Oakley, examine this striking lady whose sharpshooting talents and quickly wit gained her many lovers and admirers.
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In the months after the battle, Sitting Bull fled the United States to Wood Mountain, Saskatchewan, Canada, where he stayed until 1881. He then surrendered to American forces and spent two years as a prisoner at Fort Randall. S. government let Sitting Bull join his relatives and friends at the Standing Rock Reservation in South Dakota. In 1885, Sitting Bull joined Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show. He toured the United States with this western theater production, which featured the shooting stunts of Annie Oakley.
He was amazed by the stunts this tiny woman could perform. Later that week, Sitting Bull sent Oakley $65 along with a letter asking to buy an autographed photo of her. Amused, Oakley offered him a signed picture, but returned the money with it. The next day, she called on Sitting Bull. He was so delighted that he insisted on adopting her as a tribal daughter. indd 29 1/12/10 4:11:27 PM 30 Annie Oakley Annie Oakley’s marksmanship so impressed Sitting Bull, political and spiritual chief of the Lakota Sioux, that he offered $65 for a photograph of her.
The money raised in this charity event went to the Red Cross. Before Oakley performed, a reporter found her practicing behind Eaton Stone’s barn, where the circus was being held. The reporter asked her what kind of skills someone needed to become a dead shot, like herself. “I suppose it’s a gift, though practice helps,” Oakley answered, as quoted in Annie Oakley. indd 58 1/12/10 4:12:02 PM A New Show 59 Cheaters In fancy shooting, cheaters were common. One of Oakley’s favorite stunts was shooting the ashes off a cigarette.
Annie Oakley (Legends of the Wild West) by Rachel A. Koestler-Grack