Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee


Dee Brown

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Buffalo Bill Character Analysis

Famous western explorer and soldier who, in the second half of his life, reinvented himself as an entertainer, whose Wild West Show was hugely popular in the Eastern United States. Buffalo Bill is a peripheral character in the book, but his Wild West Show has attracted a lot of attention from cultural historians in recent years: some of the most famous, long-lived stereotypes about the American West (heroic white settlers, “savage Indians,” and even cowboy hats) were popularized by Bill’s show.
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Buffalo Bill Character Timeline in Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee

The timeline below shows where the character Buffalo Bill appears in Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 18: Dance of the Ghosts
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...than remain among his own people and foment a rebellion. In 1885, Sitting Bull joined Buffalo Bill ’s famous Wild West Show. (full context)