The Ghost Dancers, Act 2

Back to Act 1…

ACT II, SCENE 1

 

(WOVOKA and the GHOST DANCERS enter. WOVOKA beats her drum and the GHOST DANCERS begin to dance.

(The dance continues throughout the scene, which takes place over forty days in various parts of Wounded Knee. The Trading Post and the Main Street are preset. Other locations—the perimeter, an FBI command post and a church kitchen—appear and disappear as needed.

(As the DANCERS move, new scenes are revealed by the dance and old ones are swallowed up.

(BLACK ELK enters. In the main street of Wounded Knee he and WOVOKA watch the DANCERS. Day 1 of the occupation.)

WOVOKA
It’s not enough that they dance occasionally.

BLACK ELK
The power of the dance already protects us from bullets.

WOVOKA
That power is small. We want to remove the Wasichus from the world. Return the dead. Someone should be dancing at all times.

BLACK ELK
Wilson’s coming back. Sitting Bull needs people to fill sandbags, defend the perimeter, cook…

WOVOKA
Nevertheless. Sitting Bull never dances.

BLACK ELK
He has doubts.

(As BLACK ELK and WOVOKA continue to speak, a new scene appears in the Trading Post. SITTING BULL paces. LEONARD and BILL are tied up. BISON CALF and CROOK are also present.)

WOVOKA
You doubt the Ghost Dance too.

BLACK ELK
I had a vision. Something that I had to do. Only I can’t.

WOVOKA
If Wakan Tanka gave you the mission, it gave you the power to fulfill it, Black Elk. What did you see?

BLACK ELK
Telling would be give away the power. The Ghost Dance reminds me of the vision, Wovoka. I do have faith in you. It’s just, if the Ghost Dance can accomplish the defeat of the Wasichus, why was I given a vision as well?

(WOVOKA joins the dance. BLACK ELK crosses into the Trading Post scene. Day 2 of the occupation.)

BISON CALF
(To SITTING BULL.)
Stop pacing.

SITTING BULL
Crazy Horse has been watching their headlights move ever since nightfall.

CROOK
You can slip past them in the dark.

BLACK ELK
(Gently.)
Quiet, boss.

CROOK
You humiliated Wilson in front to the whole rez yesterday. You made your point.

SITTING BULL
Not yet. It’s getting light.

BISON CALF
Sit down. It’ll be half an hour till Crazy Horse can see what the Goons are up to.

SITTING BULL
He has good eyes. It won’t be much longer.

WOVOKA
What can they do to us? The power of the outer world is with us.

SITTING BULL
Wilson has the power of the Wasichus. That’s a great power too.

(CRAZY HORSE enters running.)

CRAZY HORSE
I see them. I see them.

BISON CALF
The Goons.

CRAZY HORSE
No. Not Goons. They’re surrounding the town.

BLACK ELK
Who?

CRAZY HORSE
Wasichus. Police, FBI. They’ve set up road blocks and sand bag positions closer up. I saw light artillery and armored personnel carriers.

(Everyone stops speaking and looks up at the sound of a low flying helicopter buzzing the town.)

CRAZY HORSE
Sounds like more’s on the way.

CROOK
You’re trapped.

(The DANCERS swallow up the Trading Post scene and reveal CUSTER and WILSON in an FBI command post outside of town. Day 2.)

WILSON
Is it enough?

CUSTER
For what?

WILSON
To attack, goddammit!

CUSTER
We’re not attacking today.

WILSON
Why the hell not?!

CUSTER
(Calm.)
The ATF won’t be here until tomorrow. The Army is sending an observer.

WILSON
An observer?!

CUSTER
(Calm.)
They’ll send infantry eventually. In the meantime, we’ll be able to contain the town.

WILSON
You said I’d have the full support of the federal government if I could keep the Skins and the AIM people in line! I’ve got them right where I fuckin’ want them!

CUSTER
(Loses temper.)
You’re forgetting the deal! You do what I say!

(Though furious, WILSON shuts up.)

CUSTER
That’s better. If we attack the town, we’ll pick up Sitting Bull, this Crazy Horse guy, maybe a few others, but most of them will scatter. Who cares about a few silly arrests? I want them all, in jail would be good, dead would be better. So let ’em stay there. We let in some press as cover for our own photographers, photograph everybody, arrest ’em later.

(The dance swallows up WILSON and CUSTER.

(BISON CALF and BLACK ELK appear, taking inventory in the Trading Post. LITTLE BIG MAN guards LEONARD and BILL. CROOK and SPOTTED EAGLE are also there. Day 3.)

BLACK ELK
Peas, fourteen cans.

CROOK
Black Elk, what the hell are you doing with these people?

BLACK ELK
Mixed carrots and peas, thirteen cans.

CROOK
Bunch of thieves.

SPOTTED EAGLE
Hey, man, this whole part of the state is our land. You took it. Our land means our food, so we’re liberating our food.

CROOK
Your land? Maybe. I’m the one who built something on it.

BLACK ELK
Beans. Forty-five cans.

CROOK
I built all this. What gives you the right to help yourself?

(SITTING BULL enters.)

SITTING BULL
(Re: LEONARD and BILL.)
Turn them loose. I’m tried of guarding them.

BISON CALF
Without hostages those Wasichus out there are going to roll right over us!

SPOTTED EAGLE
We’ve only got twenty-six guns! They’re up to five helicopters and a couple armored personnel carriers!

SITTING BULL
I don’t take hostages. Anyone who wants to leave is free to go.
(To LEONARD and BILL.)
Go.

(The DANCERS pass in front of the Trading Post and spirit away BISON CALF, SPOTTED EAGLE, LITTLE BIG MAN, LEONARD and BILL.

(BISON CALF and SPOTTED EAGLE leave the DANCERS and begin cooking in a church kitchen. The Trading Post scene continues.)

SITTING BULL
You too, Mr. Crook.

CROOK
I’m not leaving my store.

BLACK ELK
We’ve got the Trading Post, boss.

CROOK
Maybe if you’ve got a… Wasichu… for a hostage, they’ll think twice before they attack. I’m staying.

(The DANCERS whisk away SITTING BULL, BLACK ELK and CROOK.

(Catholic Church kitchen. Day 10.)

SPOTTED EAGLE
I’ll never eat a piece of fry bread again! Scratch that. I’ll never be hungry again! Me, a pregnant girl!

BISON CALF
Take a break.

SPOTTED EAGLE
What’s cooking fry bread and canned peas got to do with tradition?

BISON CALF
First rule of Lakota women: You feed all comers. Take a break! Why is it so important that you do all this? Don’t need to be traditional to be a good mother. Even Wasichus are good mothers sometimes.

SPOTTED EAGLE
He has to be proud.

BISON CALF
(Kisses SPOTTED EAGLE on forehead.)
You’ll be a wonderful mother.

SPOTTED EAGLE
Why don’t you have kids?

BISON CALF
Want to hear a joke? An old Indian’s on his death bed and suddenly he smells some fry bread cooking and he decides—

SPOTTED EAGLE
Bison Calf…

BISON CALF
(Winces.)
I did. A baby boy with my husband, before you were born. Had him at the BIA Clinic, they used a bunch of drugs in the old days, and… when I woke up, they told me that’s it, no more. The Wasichu doctors had sterilized me while I was unconscious.

SPOTTED EAGLE
I’m sorry.

BISON CALF
They said, you’ll thank us later, don’t want too many mouths to feed. Anyway, my son died of the measles eight months later, my husband remarried and that was that.

SPOTTED EAGLE
Sitting Bull loves you.

BISON CALF
He wanted to marry me, years ago.

SPOTTED EAGLE
I knew it!

BISON CALF
He’s a great man, but he annoys the shit out of me! Anyway, he deserves a child…

(The DANCERS pass, take BISON CALF and SPOTTED EAGLE with them and leave behind CRAZY HORSE and WOVOKA, armed, guarding the perimeter. Day 17.)

WOVOKA
The sky went black in the middle of the day. Black as a night like this. Then I was flying up into the sky and I could see my body lying below me in my sick bed.

CRAZY HORSE
Far out.

WOVOKA
I’m surprise you’re interested in this.

CRAZY HORSE
Me? Sure. Indians don’t talk like this in Minneapolis and I don’t remember anything from before I went there.

WOVOKA
Too many of us have gone to the city.

CRAZY HORSE
Yeah, well, Black Elk turned me on to this spiritual stuff. Explained my vision. He’s an interesting guy. But you? Man! You could see the bullets bounce off Sitting Bull when Wilson shot him. You got some serious power, baby.

(CRAZY HORSE tries to kiss WOVOKA. WOVOKA pulls back to avoid it.)

WOVOKA
Don’t you dare.

CRAZY HORSE
Sorry, little sister. You can’t blame a guy for trying.

(Another pass by the DANCERS reveals SITTING BULL in the Trading Post, pacing again. The principle scene changes to Main Street. CRAZY HORSE and BLACK ELK drink cans of beer. Day 18.)

BLACK ELK
Wovoka?

CRAZY HORSE
Yeah.

BLACK ELK
(Laughs very hard.)
Wovoka?

CRAZY HORSE
For your information, women in the Twin Cities can’t get enough of me.

BLACK ELK
Oh, I’ll bet!

CRAZY HORSE
It must be these traditional women. Tell me more about the pipe.

BLACK ELK
You want to know about our ceremonies so you can impress traditional women?

CRAZY HORSE
No. Well, yeah, but I really want to know too. You really helped when you talked about the vision.

BLACK ELK
Okay, the pipe. We use it in our seven sacred rites. Stick with me while you’re here and you’ll see most of them.

CRAZY HORSE
Thanks, man! It means a lot. Hey, maybe I can teach you something too.
(Picks up his AK-47.)
Wanna learn how to shoot it?

BLACK ELK
No, thank you. I won’t shoot a gun at a man, even a Wasichu.

CRAZY HORSE
Oh.

BLACK ELK
It’s a beauty, though. Where’d you get it?

CRAZY HORSE
Nam. I never touched guns ’cause of my vision but after they gave me my section eight I figured I’d never get another chance so I bought it off this Vietnamese kid. Cost me five dollars. Never thought it’d see action.

(BISON CALF enters, running.)

BISON CALF
Black Elk, the Wasichus opened up over by the church. There’s man shot up there.

BLACK ELK
(To CRAZY HORSE.)
Want to see a traditional healing ceremony?

(CRAZY HORSE and BLACK ELK exit. BISON CALF enters the Trading Post carrying a flashlight. Day 23.)

BISON CALF
Black Elk?

SITTING BULL
I’m still waiting.

BISON CALF
You look tired.
(Hugs SITTING BULL.)
I’m proud of you, Slow.

(CRAZY HORSE enters.)

CRAZY HORSE
They’re back.

(BLACK ELK and LITTLE BIG MAN enter. Both carry enormous back packs. LITTLE BIG MAN lays down, exhausted.)

BLACK ELK
(Sets down his back pack in front of SITTING BULL.)
Full of supplies. It’s like Crazy Horse thought. There’s FBI, Goons, Marshals, ATF, and some honkies looking to kill an Indian. But not enough to cover every hill and gully in the dark. We know this land like our own bodies.

SITTING BULL
This land is our body.

BLACK ELK
There are Indians from all over the country outside the perimeter to support us.

SITTING BULL
Tomorrow night, get a group of them, load them up with supplies and lead them back here.

BLACK ELK
One other thing. The press is showing up. Not Channel Three either, I mean CBS, Newsweek. National press.

SITTING BULL
Bring them back here too.

(The DANCERS become a swirling group of reporters, photographers and cameramen surrounding SITTING BULL, CRAZY HORSE and BLACK ELK in the Main Street. BISON CALF and SPOTTED EAGLE stand apart. Day 30.)

SPOTTED EAGLE
Can we go talk to reporters?

BISON CALF
Let the men handle it.

SPOTTED EAGLE
Sitting Bull wouldn’t have had the guts to do anything if it wasn’t for you!

BISON CALF
Men hunt and make war. We’re in charge of everything else.

SPOTTED EAGLE
That’s a gyp! For a hundred years they’ve been living off Wasichu handouts and not fighting anybody!

BISON CALF
Which is why I let them run the war. They need to get their confidence back and I got too much shit to do.

(BISON CALF and SPOTTED EAGLE exit.)

REPORTER #1
Sitting Bull, Sitting Bull! What is the purpose of this occupation?

CRAZY HORSE
We’re the ones being occupied!

SITTING BULL
We are protesting the Tribal Council of Dickie Wilson.

REPORTER #2
Isn’t Mister Wilson the democratically elected leader of your people?

SITTING BULL
He came to power through election fraud and he’s used violence and murder to intimidate traditional members of our tribe.

REPORTER #1
Would you like to comment on all the Indians from all over the country that have been sneaking into Wounded Knee in the last few days.

CRAZY HORSE
We’re grateful for their support.

REPORTER #3
Mister Sitting Bull, we’ve heard rumors that many of your followers perform a bizarre dance ritual all day?

BLACK ELK
The Ghost Dance is a new ritual but it has ancient roots in our religions.

REPORTER #2
What do you say to rumors you’re leading some kind of cult, like Charlie Manson?

SITTING BULL
We only want independence and our land back. That’s all promised by the Fort Laramie Treaty. We don’t want to hurt anyone.

REPORTER #1
Is it true you’re impervious to bullets?

CRAZY HORSE
It is true and the feds are welcome to come see for themselves any time.

(The scene shifts to the Trading Post. BLACK ELK, WOVOKA and CROOK are present. SPOTTED EAGLE enters. Day 34.)

SPOTTED EAGLE
She kicked me out of the kitchen.

WOVOKA
About time, too. You’re about to pop.

CROOK
When’s it due?

SPOTTED EAGLE
Today, tomorrow, yesterday. Who knows?

CROOK
(To BLACK ELK.)
Get her out of here. The feds are getting serious. I had quieter nights in Korea.

BLACK ELK
I’ll deliver the baby.

CROOK
You’re crazy.

SPOTTED EAGLE
No one else touches me.

(CRAZY HORSE enters.)

CROOK
(To CRAZY HORSE.)
You have a lot of nerve dragging a pregnant girl into a place like this.

CRAZY HORSE
I didn’t drag anybody anywhere.

WOVOKA
We heard the shooting last night. Did you get any of them?

CRAZY HORSE
Hell, no. I barely have any ammunition for this thing. They can shoot at us all night!
(To SPOTTED EAGLE.)
I’ve got something for you.

(CRAZY HORSE gives her a homemade traditional baby carrier—basically a padded board to which a child can be laced.)

CRAZY HORSE
To carry your baby. It’s a traditional design. Bison Calf showed me how. It’s not very good.

SPOTTED EAGLE
Thank you.

CRAZY HORSE
Gotta do something while I sit there not shooting Wasichus.

(SPOTTED EAGLE kisses CRAZY HORSE on the cheek. LITTLE BIG MAN enters. He carries a bottle of whiskey.)

SPOTTED EAGLE
What is this?

LITTLE BIG MAN
Liquid TNT. Want some?

SPOTTED EAGLE
Where did you get it?

LITTLE BIG MAN
I snuck out for supplies last night, picked up some wet goods while I was at it.

SPOTTED EAGLE
You wasted space in your pack for whiskey?!

LITTLE BIG MAN
A couple’a bottles.

SPOTTED EAGLE
Are you even trying?!

(SPOTTED EAGLE storms out. LITTLE BIG MAN looks hurt and puzzled.

(DANCERS change the scene to the FBI command post. WILSON waits impatiently. CUSTER enters. Day 39.)

WILSON
Well?

CUSTER
“They do not pose a direct threat.”

WILSON
Impossible.

CUSTER
“Not a worthwhile use of military resources.”

WILSON
The Army will let a bunch of outlaws—

CUSTER
Worse. Their observer wrote poison reports about us since day one!

WILSON
You said take their pictures and arrest them later! There’s more of them now than in the beginning. Reports are on every fucking TV channel. Soon a bunch of long-haired white kids will start sticking flowers in our goddamn guns!

CUSTER
Screw ’em. We go in now.

WILSON
With what?

CUSTER
Tribal police. Them plus your boys in the armored personnel carriers…

WILSON
What about their Ghost Shirts?

CUSTER
You sound like a fucking Indian! He probably had a bullet proof vest hidden under there. They got forty guns tops. We’ll take them by surprise!

(CUSTER and WILSON exit.

(BLACK ELK appears alone. GHOST DANCERS begin to congregate around him. BISON CALF emerges from the group of DANCERS, dressed as she was in Black Elk’s vision. Day 39.)

BISON CALF
Black Elk, our voice you have heard, but you have not obeyed.

BLACK ELK
I have, Grandmother. I brought the Ghost Shirt to the Nation. It saved Sitting Bull from Wilson.

BISON CALF
The shirt will not protect you forever.

BLACK ELK
Why not?

(WOVOKA comes to the front of the DANCERS.)

BISON CALF
You do not listen to your great vision. You put all your faith in this woman. She sees far, as if atop of a great hill, but you see farther.

BLACK ELK
I don’t see anything. I don’t understand the great vision. How can one man save the entire tribe?

BISON CALF
You heed my words, and this woman’s, but you cannot hear his.

(WILSON appears among the DANCERS.)

BLACK ELK
Crazy Horse! Wilson’s back!

(CRAZY HORSE appears among the DANCERS. He and WILSON embrace.)

BLACK ELK
Crazy Horse, what are you doing? Kill him.

BISON CALF
Black Elk?

CRAZY HORSE
We’re brothers.

BLACK ELK
Kill him!

BISON CALF
Black Elk!

(As BISON CALF says BLACK ELK’s name a second time, the scene changes. The GHOST DANCERS retreat to the furthest parts of the stage. CRAZY HORSE and WILSON exit.)

BLACK ELK
Where am I?

BISON CALF
Near the church. You’re sleep walking. You could have wandered past our sentries in the dark if you hadn’t shouted!

BLACK ELK
The Ghost Dance isn’t enough.

BISON CALF
What?

BLACK ELK
I need to know what it meant.

BISON CALF
What?

BLACK ELK
The vision. I need your help.

BISON CALF
Of course.

(Without pause the scene transforms to Main Street. BLACK ELK and WOVOKA are present. LITTLE BIG MAN is passed out drunk nearby. Day 40.)

WOVOKA
Of course. I’ll do whatever I can.

BLACK ELK
I need a few days to prepare.

WOVOKA
If you think you should. But you don’t need to worry. The Ghost Dance is working.

(CRAZY HORSE rushes in and shakes LITTLE BIG MAN.)

CRAZY HORSE
Wake up, you idiot! I saw Spotted Eagle coming.
(To BLACK ELK and WOVOKA.)
Get your asses over here!

(CRAZY HORSE, BLACK ELK and WOVOKA stand in front of LITTLE BIG MAN, hiding him. SPOTTED EAGLE enters carrying a bucket.)

SPOTTED EAGLE
Good morning.

WOVOKA
You should sleep in.

SPOTTED EAGLE
I did sleep in. It’s almost nine o’clock! I’m going to the creek for water for the hospital. Would you like to come with me?

(CRAZY HORSE, BLACK ELK and WOVOKA exchange a glance—they can’t move without revealing LITTLE BIG MAN.)

CRAZY HORSE
No. No, thanks.

BLACK ELK
(Overlapping.)
I don’t think so.

WOVOKA
(Overlapping.)
The dancers might need me.

(SPOTTED EAGLE exits. CRAZY HORSE, BLACK ELK and WOVOKA move, revealing LITTLE BIG MAN.)

WOVOKA
He smells like whiskey.

BLACK ELK
Kid better appreciate this!

(SPOTTED EAGLE re-enters.)

SPOTTED EAGLE
Crazy Horse, I forgot, Bison Calf wants…
(Sees LITTLE BIG MAN.)
You smuggled in more?

LITTLE BIG MAN
(Drunkenly.)
I’ve made more money selling whiskey out of my back pack to than I’d make in a month working for Mr. Crook!

SPOTTED EAGLE
You’re supposed to be smuggling in food so we can keep going, not getting people drunk!

LITTLE BIG MAN
I’m earning money for you and the baby!

SPOTTED EAGLE
We don’t want your money.

(SPOTTED EAGLE winces as puts a hand on her stomach.)

CRAZY HORSE
Come on, sit down!

SPOTTED EAGLE
No! I don’t need you to take care of me either!

(SPOTTED EAGLE crosses to a far part of the stage and draws water from the creek. LITTLE BIG MAN passes out again.)

CRAZY HORSE
Thought he’d grow up before it was born.

(Suddenly WILSON, CUSTER, LEONARD and BILL enter near SPOTTED EAGLE accompanied by DANCERS dressed as Goons. SPOTTED EAGLE screams as she is surrounded.

(LEONARD, BILL and the GOON DANCERS open fire. The GHOST DANCERS, CRAZY HORSE, BLACK ELK and WOVOKA scatter for cover.

(SITTING BULL and BISON CALF enter.)

SITTING BULL
What’s going on?

BLACK ELK
Goons!

CRAZY HORSE
Dickie Wilson and that FBI agent are with them.

SITTING BULL
Wovoka, get everyone Ghost Shirts from the Trading Post. Be careful.

(WOVOKA exits, keeping low.

(Suddenly, SPOTTED EAGLE attacks WILSON. CUSTER, LEONARD and BILL try to pull her off. She screams again.)

SITTING BULL
No time to wait for the Ghost Shirts.

CRAZY HORSE
(Takes out a knife.)
Screw the shirts! Just wish I had my gun.

SITTING BULL and CRAZY HORSE
(War cry.)
Hoka-hey!

(SITTING BULL, CRAZY HORSE and the GHOST DANCERS charge SPOTTED EAGLE, WILSON, CUSTER, LEONARD, BILL and the GOON DANCERS. A fight ensues. Though outnumbered SITTING BULL’s side draws CUSTER, LEONARD, BILL and the GOON DANCERS away from WILSON.

(CRAZY HORSE attacks WILSON, rescuing SPOTTED EAGLE. WILSON shoots CRAZY HORSE in the arm, wounding him. CRAZY HORSE disarms WILSON and is about to stab him. CUSTER aims his gun at CRAZY HORSE.)

SPOTTED EAGLE
(Sees CUSTER.)
Look out!

(CRAZY HORSE leaps on CUSTER before he can fire. They struggle. CRAZY HORSE stabs CUSTER.

(BISON CALF, BLACK ELK, WOVOKA and a few more GHOST DANCERS charge into the fray wearing Ghost Shirts. The GOON DANCERS are killed.)

WILSON
Run! Run!

(WILSON, LEONARD and BILL exit. CUSTER and the four GOON DANCERS lie dead on stage. Suddenly SPOTTED EAGLE cries out in pain.)

SITTING BULL
Are you hurt?

BISON CALF
She’s going into labor! Carry her to the church.

(SITTING BULL, BISON CALF and BLACK ELK carry SPOTTED EAGLE out. They pass by the spot where LITTLE BIG MAN lays.)

SPOTTED EAGLE
Little Big Man! They killed him!

BISON CALF
They didn’t touch him. He’s just drunk.

SPOTTED EAGLE
(Amazement and anger.)
He never woke up…

(SITTING BULL, BISON CALF, BLACK ELK and SPOTTED EAGLE exit.

(CRAZY HORSE scalps CUSTER with his knife. He holds the scalp in the air. WOVOKA and the GHOST DANCERS gather around him. Blackout.)

 

ACT II, SCENE 2

(Trading Post. Night. Day 40.

(SITTING BULL tends CRAZY HORSE’s wound with WOVOKA’s assistance. LITTLE BIG MAN has a warm towel on his head. CROOK is present.)

SITTING BULL
We held the town but they made us use most of our ammunition. Food is short. We’ll never hold out like this.

CRAZY HORSE
Here’s an idea. I met this guy in Nam, crazy guy. Ernie.

SITTING BULL
He’s an Indian?

CRAZY HORSE
No. Wasichu. But he lost a few marbles over there. He’s a pilot, flies grass across the border. Seriously into the counter-culture. He’d put together an airlift for us. He could land right out there in the road.

SITTING BULL
The bullet went straight through. The bleeding’s stopped.

CROOK
Forget to dream yourself into the real world?

CRAZY HORSE
There was no other way to win so I chose a nice easy flesh wound.

CROOK
Or maybe there’s no such thing as bullet proof magic. Just two con men with a desperate old chief wrapped around their finger.

SITTING BULL
Black Elk will come as soon as the baby’s born. I want you to have something.

(SITTING BULL removes the eagle feather from his own hair and stands it upright in the back of CRAZY HORSE’s bandana.)

SITTING BULL
You did well.

CROOK
He murdered a man!

SITTING BULL
A Wasichu who was attacking us.

CROOK
A federal agent, Sitting Bull!

SITTING BULL
I’m sorry the FBI man had to die, but he got what he had coming.
(To CRAZY HORSE.)
An upright eagle feather is for first coup. It means you struck the first blow against an enemy.

CRAZY HORSE
How did you get it?

SITTING BULL
I killed a Crow warrior in my first battle. I was fourteen.

CRAZY HORSE
Is that where you got that limp?

SITTING BULL
I was in many battles in the old days. Thanks for reminding me how to fight.

CROOK
He killed you all when he murdered that man.

SITTING BULL
That was a man who paid Wilson to cheat in the election! He falsified autopsies so the Goons could murder us!

CROOK
You seized a town!

SITTING BULL
The town is ours!

CROOK
There’s the way things should be and the way they are. And there’s a big difference.

SITTING BULL
I’ve lived a hundred and forty years. If you want to wait longer for justice, you’re free to go. You always have been.

(SPOTTED EAGLE enters, holding her baby. BISON CALF and BLACK ELK accompany her.)

SPOTTED EAGLE
Why are you fighting?

CROOK
Girl, if you were smart you’d get your baby away from these madmen.

(CROOK exits.)

CRAZY HORSE
(To SPOTTED EAGLE.)
What are you doing here? You should be resting.

SPOTTED EAGLE
It’s a boy.

WOVOKA
What’s his name?

SPOTTED EAGLE
He’ll choose his own when he’s twelve.

SITTING BULL
As it should be.

SPOTTED EAGLE
Until then, I’ll call him “Slow.”

SITTING BULL
(Very happy.)
I don’t know what to say.

(LITTLE BIG MAN reaches for the baby.)

SPOTTED EAGLE
No.

LITTLE BIG MAN
The hell with this! I did my best to get into all this Indian crap!

(LITTLE BIG MAN tries to take the baby. CRAZY HORSE steps between them.)

SPOTTED EAGLE
This “Indian crap” is important to me!

LITTLE BIG MAN
Yeah? Since when?

SPOTTED EAGLE
I’m an Indian. I’m not ashamed of it anymore. I’ll be damned if my son’s going to be. He’s going to be a holy man like Black Elk, or a warrior like Crazy Horse, or a chief like Sitting Bull.

LITTLE BIG MAN
They aren’t his father!

SPOTTED EAGLE
Crazy Horse rushed armed Goons to save me and your baby with only a vision to protect him. You were too drunk to notice.

SITTING BULL
(To LITTLE BIG MAN.)
Enough. Go catch Mr. Crook. Show him the way out of here. Make contact with Crazy Horse’s pilot, if you can.

LITTLE BIG MAN
Fine. The hell with you! Hell with your kid too!

(LITTLE BIG MAN exits.)

BLACK ELK
I should do it.

CRAZY HORSE
I’ll go with him.

SITTING BULL
You’ve been shot.

BISON CALF
And Black Elk has something more important to do. Something he should have done a long time ago.

WOVOKA
The lodge is ready. You must purify yourself, Black Elk, to cry for a vision.

(Blackout.)

 

ACT II, SCENE 3

(Day 41. The highest hill in Wounded Knee.

(BISON CALF and WOVOKA enter carrying a large pole and a bundle. On the ground they draw a circle fifteen feet across. WOVOKA draws black line from north to south in the circle. BISON CALF draws a red line from east to west. They tie the bundle to the end of the pole and set it upright at the circle’s center, where the lines cross.)

WOVOKA
(Sings.)
Grandfather, I am sending a voice!
To the heavens of the universe, I am sending a voice
That my people may live!

(BLACK ELK enters, crying. He wears a breach cloth and holds a sacred pipe ahead of him as an offering.)

BISON CALF
O Wakan Tanka, my Father and Grandfather, behold this man, come here with a troubled mind. He wishes to travel on the sacred path. He offers his pipe to you in order to gain knowledge. The four powers and the whole universe are sealed in its bowl. Be merciful. Help him and all who send their voices to you.

(BLACK ELK crosses to the pole.)

BLACK ELK
Wakan Tanka, be merciful to me that my people may live!

BISON CALF
O Wakan Tanka, we have purified this man and made the sacred circle. He will not leave it. Neither food nor water nor shelter shall he have as he sends you his voice. We will return in three days.

(BISON CALF and WOVOKA exit. As the scene continues BLACK ELK prays at the west, north, east and south points of the circle, returning to the center in between.

(In another section of the stage, in a ravine on the trail past the blockade, CROOK and LITTLE BIG MAN enter. There is a rock to sit on.)

CROOK
Could we sit down?

LITTLE BIG MAN
(Sullen.)
Sure.

CROOK
I ain’t that old, but I’m not eighteen like you. All that crouching, waiting for the FBI to turn off their flashlights made my knees stiff.

LITTLE BIG MAN
Fine.

CROOK
Damn Crazy Horse, anyway! If he’d left that FBI man alone I could’a walked right up to the road block and asked them to let me out. Now I can’t get close enough to show them I’m a white man.

LITTLE BIG MAN
Why’d you hire me?

CROOK
Why not, kid?

LITTLE BIG MAN
I’m late a lot, sometimes I’m drunk. I used to steal from you. So, is it just pity? ’Cause of Spotted Eagle and the baby?
(No answer.)
I guess she was right. Doesn’t matter anyway. You gotta fire me now, right?

CROOK
Nah. Who hasn’t done something stupid for a girl? Hell, I don’t blame any of you. She and Black Elk got pulled in by charismatic lunatics. Wovoka, Crazy Horse… Our Indians never acted like this before they showed up. They were happy.

LITTLE BIG MAN
You know, he made a pass at her when he met her?

CROOK
Crazy Horse?

LITTLE BIG MAN
He doesn’t know shit about all the Indian stuff she’s into now but he’s having visions, dancing that damn dance. Seems like it’s so easy. He gave her a present.

CROOK
That thing to carry the baby?

LITTLE BIG MAN
Yeah. It looked like shit. I could’a made that. Then he goes charging off to her rescue! I could’a done that too except I was so bored I had a drink to pass the time.

CROOK
A few, way I heard it.

LITTLE BIG MAN
She wouldn’t have even needed rescuing if she hadn’t followed him to that town with the rest of those—

(LEONARD and BILL enter with guns.)

LEONARD
Freeze! Drop your gun.

(LITTLE BIG MAN obeys.)

LEONARD
Look who we have here. Little Big Man. No Crazy Horse here to protect you this time, kid.

BILL
We were afraid they were holding you hostage, Mr. Crook.

CROOK
No sir, Bill. Just minding my shop but the heat got to be a bit much for me.

LEONARD
Let us take care of this little bastard and we’ll get you out of here.

CROOK
Little Big Man’s done with that lot. How about you get us both out of here?

LEONARD
He should’a thought of that earlier.

(CROOK steps between LEONARD and LITTLE BIG MAN.)

LEONARD
You’re making a mistake, Mr. Crook.

BILL
Stop it, you idiot. You gonna hurt a white man?

LEONARD
Fine. We’ll take ’em to Wilson.

(CROOK, LITTLE BIG MAN, LEONARD and BILL exit. BLACK ELK has fallen asleep as he prays. CRAZY HORSE and WOVOKA enter. BLACK ELK awakens. Day 42.)

BLACK ELK
Are the three days over?

CRAZY HORSE
No.

WOVOKA
You cry to Wakan Tanka for a vision.

CRAZY HORSE
From the outer world we come with a message.

(SITTING BULL and BISON CALF enter.)

BISON CALF
In past visions have I spoken to you. You have listened.

SITTING BULL
Often have you also heeded my words.

(LITTLE BIG MAN and SPOTTED EAGLE enter.)

SPOTTED EAGLE
But you have never listened to those you should have…

LITTLE BIG MAN
… nor have you spoken to them.

BLACK ELK
Who was I supposed to talk to?

(LEONARD and BILL enter. SITTING BULL, BISON CALF, CRAZY HORSE, WOVOKA, SPOTTED EAGLE and LITTLE BIG MAN exit.)

BLACK ELK
I don’t understand.

LEONARD
Never have you heard our words.

BILL
Never have we heard yours.

BLACK ELK
You beat me. You killed a lot of us. What would I have to say to two Breeds?

LEONARD
Are we nothing but Wasichus to you?

BILL
Are we not also afraid?

LEONARD
Do we not suffer with you?

BLACK ELK
You work for Wilson. You help the Wasichus.

BILL
We can never be Wasichus.

LEONARD
Why are you resolved that we should never be Lakota either?

BILL
Do you distain to speak a single word to your enemy?

(LEONARD and BILL exit. BLACK ELK begins praying again.

(A tent on the Wounded Knee siege perimeter. LITTLE BIG MAN is handcuffed to a chair. CROOK and WILSON stand off to one side.)

WILSON
You’re lucky you got outta there when you did. What happened to Custer finally made the military to step in.

CROOK
You’re going to raid the town?

WILSON
No choice.

CROOK
A lot of people could die.

WILSON
Only on their side.

CROOK
You know damn well they’ve got some kinda bullet proof vest.

WILSON
We’ll see how that stands up to Army hardware.

CROOK
Dammit, listen to me! Those people are our neighbors.

WILSON
I never call a Skin my neighbor! Besides, a lot of the people in there are from other tribes. Or worse, they’re American Indian Movement people. They gotta learn we don’t put up with this shit in Wounded Knee.

CROOK
They’re just all stirred up by the man who killed Custer.

WILSON
Crazy Horse.

CROOK
Arrest him. Without him they’ll surrender.

WILSON
Crazy Horse is unreachable.

CROOK
I’ll get the bastard for you.

WILSON
How?

CROOK
Let’s get this straight. You arrest Crazy Horse. When they surrender, you arrest Sitting Bull. Nobody else gets hurt.

WILSON
Agreed.

(CROOK crosses to LITTLE BIG MAN.)

CROOK
Hi, kid.

LITTLE BIG MAN
They letting you go?

CROOK
’Course.
(To WILSON.)
Can you uncuff him?

(WILSON uncuffs LITTLE BIG MAN.)

CROOK
Wanna come with? I need your help. The Army’s coming. Everybody’s screwed, thanks to Crazy Horse. They’ll kill ’em all if we don’t do something.

LITTLE BIG MAN
I don’t care. Wanna know a secret?

CROOK
Sure.

LITTLE BIG MAN
(Nods to WILSON.)
I voted for him.

CROOK
Spotted Eagle’s in there, not to mention your son. You want to let them die? Come on, kid, this is your chance to save her, like she wants you to.

LITTLE BIG MAN
Yeah?

CROOK
I can’t do it myself.

LITTLE BIG MAN
What do I have to do?

CROOK
It’s easy. We gotta stop Crazy Horse. Then they’ll negotiate. You were supposed to make contact with that pilot friend of his from the war, right?

LITTLE BIG MAN
Yeah.

CROOK
So you get a message to Crazy Horse, the pilot is here but he thinks you could be working for the cops and he won’t do it unless he talks to Crazy Horse in person. You set up a meeting, say at that shithole diner on the road into Wounded Knee and you wait for him. When he sits down he’ll be in Wilson’s trap.

(As CROOK speaks, LEONARD and BILL carry in three tables and chairs. The setting is transformed to a roadside restaurant on the road to Wounded Knee. CROOK and LITTLE BIG MAN sit at table. LEONARD and BILL sit at a table on one side, WILSON at a table on the other. They hide their faces behind menus and newspapers. Day 43.)

CROOK
(Continued without interruption.)
You think you can do it, kid?

LITTLE BIG MAN
I don’t know.

CROOK
It’ll get rid of Crazy Horse and it’ll save Spotted Eagle, your kid and all the rest. You’ll be a hero.

(CROOK joins WILSON at his table and hides his face. LITTLE BIG MAN fidgets nervously.)

BLACK ELK
Wakan Tanka, I send my voice to cry for wisdom. Those two Goons said I should speak to them. What did they mean?

(BISON CALF and SPOTTED EAGLE enter. The GHOST DANCERS act out their words.)

BISON CALF
This we showed you in your first vision. The tipis of your Nation standing in a circle and in the center a holy tree was dying. And the people were starving and miserable.

BLACK ELK
I was supposed to make the people happy, the heal their horses and make the tree flower.

LEONARD
That power isn’t yours.

BLACK ELK
Then why did you send the vision?

(LEONARD and BILL cross from the diner into BLACK ELK’s vision.)

BILL
The vision wasn’t yours.

LEONARD
The vision belonged to your people.

BILL
Wilson and Sitting Bull alike.

SPOTTED EAGLE
You had the power to inspire your people, give them pride in who they were, knowledge of what they could be. Wakan Tanka sent your vision to remind them of their power.

LEONARD
Instead you kept it secret.

BILL
You feared losing power that was always meant to be given away.

BISON CALF
The people turned to other power.

LEONARD
The government.

BILL
The church.

LITTLE BIG MAN
(From the diner.)
Indifference.

SPOTTED EAGLE
These sustained them.

BLACK ELK
But they’re not the power of our Nation. I’m sorry! I didn’t understand.

BISON CALF
A man is a frail vessel for wisdom.

BILL
The Skins and the Breeds are divided when they should have been one.

LEONARD
Sitting Bull and Wilson should be brothers. Instead they are enemies.

(LEONARD and BILL return to their places in the restaurant. The DANCERS and SPOTTED EAGLE exit.)

BLACK ELK
But I know what I’ve gotta do now.

BISON CALF
It may be too late. Look.

(BISON CALF points to the restaurant. CRAZY HORSE enters and sits at LITTLE BIG MAN’s table.)

CRAZY HORSE
Hey, kid.

LITTLE BIG MAN
Hey.

CRAZY HORSE
Ernie here yet?

LITTLE BIG MAN
He’s late.

CRAZY HORSE
What’s good here?

LITTLE BIG MAN
Nothing. That’s why it’s so cheap.

CRAZY HORSE
Even better.

LITTLE BIG MAN
How’s Spotted Eagle?

CRAZY HORSE
She’s fine. So’s Slow. She started breast feeding him. It was amazing.

LITTLE BIG MAN
You were there?

CRAZY HORSE
We were all there. Why the hell is Ernie so fucking late?

(WILSON stands. CRAZY HORSE sees him, leaps up and is restrained by LEONARD and BILL.)

LITTLE BIG MAN
Guess Spotted Eagle was wrong about how special you are. Couldn’t dream yourself into the real world this time.

CRAZY HORSE
Dammit, Little Big Man, what are you trying to do?

WILSON
Hold him.

(WILSON draws a gun.)

CROOK
Wait—!

(WILSON shoots CRAZY HORSE in the chest. He goes limp in LEONARD and BILL’s arms and dies.)

CROOK
What did you do?

WILSON
You all saw. He was resisting arrest.

(WILSON, LEONARD and BILL exit, leaving CROOK and LITTLE BIG MAN standing over CRAZY HORSE’s body. Blackout.)

 

ACT II, SCENE 4

(The Trading Post. Day 44. SITTING BULL, BISON CALF, BLACK ELK and WOVOKA are present. BLACK ELK is crying.)

SITTING BULL
He was the freest man I ever met. Too free to live.

BISON CALF
Calm down, Black Elk.

BLACK ELK
(Wipes his tears.)
What do we do now?

BISON CALF
Don’t get ahead of yourself. Just ’cause you saw it in a vision doesn’t mean it happened, right, Slow?

(SITTING BULL doesn’t answer.)

WOVOKA
We’re so close. The people from other reservations will take the dance home with them. Indians all over will be dancing soon, and Wakan Tanka will send the blizzard.

SITTING BULL
Which is why Wilson will stop us here, before it spreads. We have no food, no ammunition and we’ve lost our best warrior. The Wasichus will send their army soon.

WOVOKA
The Ghost Dance is all we need.

BISON CALF
Your power couldn’t protect Crazy Horse from a grocer and an eighteen-year-old boy. How is that possible?

BLACK ELK
It’s my fault, not hers.

BISON CALF
I don’t care what the vision said, you can’t turn Breeds into Skins.

BLACK ELK
You did with Spotted Eagle.

BISON CALF
You know how long it would take to teach all the Breeds?

BLACK ELK
That doesn’t matter.

WOVOKA
I won’t go begging to the Breeds and the Wasichus when we’ve almost—!

(CROOK enters. He’s tired and disheveled.)

CROOK
They killed Crazy Horse.

BISON CALF
We know you were with Wilson at the restaurant. Was it your idea?

CROOK
I want whites and Indians to get along, like we used to.

BLACK ELK
We never got along! You conquered us. Maybe you, George Crook, respect us but you’re a Wasichu! You own the only general store on the reservation, you profit from the Wasichus’ exploitation of us.

CROOK
I’ve never done anything but play fair with you, Black Elk.

BLACK ELK
You can’t play fair! All the rules are in your favor.

CROOK
Wilson has called in the Army. They attack at dawn.

BISON CALF
What will we do?

CROOK
If you don’t run, Wounded Knee will be a massacre that ended your way of life!

SITTING BULL
There’s no time to run. The morning star is rising. I’ll wait. Perhaps it has some wisdom for me. The rest of you, go. Sleep. I’ll tell you my decision at first light.

(BLACK ELK, WOVOKA and CROOK exit. BISON CALF remains.)

SITTING BULL
Know any good jokes?

BISON CALF
There’s a nomadic Indian out in the middle of the desert. He’s dying of thirst, about to fall over from hunger, and he’s got heatstroke to boot. Then he finds a magic lamp. A Wasichu genie wearing a BIA badge comes out offers him three wishes. The Indian says, “I wish I had a home all my own where it wasn’t so damn hot.” Next thing he knows, he’s living in a trailer on a reservation, it’s the middle of winter and he hasn’t got any heat. So the Indian says, “I wish I wasn’t hungry.” Next thing he knows he’s surrounded by commodity meat and commodity cheese and every other kind of welfare food and it all looks so awful he’s not hungry any more. So the Indian says, “I wish I wasn’t thirsty anymore,” and the genie gives him all the whiskey he can drink. The Indian goes on a bender, falls asleep on a railroad track and gets run over by a train. The Indian’s ghost finds the genie and says, “I thought this was supposed to be a joke.” The genie says, “Nope. Being an Indian’s no laughing matter.”

SITTING BULL
That one’s not funny.

BISON CALF
Not supposed to be.

SITTING BULL
If we have one flaw as a nation, it’s our pride. We’ll fight even when we should talk.

BISON CALF
You won’t fight? So this whole occupation was a mistake from the beginning?

SITTING BULL
Of course not. The Wasichus stopped annihilating us and started killing our souls instead. All that time they were making us ashamed, people like us, traditionals, watched. Said nothing. We’ve found our voice again.

BISON CALF
Thanks to Crazy Horse and Wovoka.

SITTING BULL
They took us off the black road and put us back on the red one. But for the wrong reason. To defeat the Wasichus.

BISON CALF
We can defeat them.

SITTING BULL
It was never going to happen. It’s a matter of numbers.

BISON CALF
Then why not just roll over and die?

SITTING BULL
Holding Wounded Knee wasn’t about getting rid of Wasichus. It was about finding the pride to live with them on our own terms. Indian from all over the country joined us. They’re talking, Skins and Breeds both. It’s what Black Elk’s vision told him to do and we’ve done it. Started to, anyway. We’ve won!

BISON CALF
Now what?

SITTING BULL
We show everyone watching that we have the wisdom not to go too far.

BISON CALF
I love you, Slow, but I can’t surrender.

SITTING BULL
You’re a true Lakota. You’d rather fight and lose than yield and win.

(SITTING BULL embraces BISON CALF.)

SITTING BULL
Will you follow me?

BISON CALF
Anywhere.

SITTING BULL
Then let’s go to the others. We’ll dance.

(Blackout.)

 

ACT II, SCENE 5

(Main Street of Wounded Knee. Day 45. SITTING BULL, BISON CALF, BLACK ELK, SPOTTED EAGLE and WOVOKA dance the ghost dance. CROOK is also present.

(DANCERS enter dressed as soldiers. The SOLDIER DANCERS form a firing line. SITTING BULL and WOVOKA stop dancing.)

WOVOKA
I refuse.

SITTING BULL
It’s not your choice.

WOVOKA
I won’t surrender.

SITTING BULL
If you want to fight, occupy your own town.

WOVOKA
I came here to wipe the Wasichus from the face of the earth, not watch you rot to prison.

SITTING BULL
They can’t keep me in prison forever.

WOVOKA
But the shirts—

SITTING BULL
We have no ammunition and they outnumber us!

(SITTING BULL waves a white flag. WILSON, LEONARD and BILL enter and stand in front of the SOLDIER DANCERS’ line. SITTING BULL and CROOK cross to them.)

SITTING BULL
I am satisfied my point’s been made. There’s no need to continue fighting.

WILSON
You’ll surrender the town to me?

SITTING BULL
For the moment.

WILSON
You’re under arrest.

(BILL handcuffs SITTING BULL.)

WOVOKA
They’re arresting him.

BLACK ELK
Calm down.

WOVOKA
You’ll let them take him?

BISON CALF
We will all follow his orders.

WOVOKA
We shouldn’t allow it.

BLACK ELK
Are you so sure the Ghost Shirts can save us from that?

WOVOKA
They saved us from Wilson.

BLACK ELK
He’s an Indian. The shirts are only cloth to the Wasichus.

WOVOKA
Don’t speak against the power of the Ghost Dance.

BLACK ELK
A dance is a powerful thing. It can even make you bullet-proof for a moment. Not forever, though. This is the only victory we’re going to get.

WOVOKA
Our grandfathers will protect us. Hoka-hey!

(WOVOKA charges the SOLDIER DANCERS and is shot dead.)

WILSON
They’re attacking! Prepare to fire.

SITTING BULL
(Struggles against LEONARD and BILL.)
No! No, they won’t attack! Wilson, dammit, no!

(SITTING BULL grabs WILSON. LEONARD and BILL shoot him.)

CROOK
No!

WILSON
Take the town.

(In a dance sequence LEONARD, BILL and the SOLDIER DANCERS storm the town and fight BISON CALF, BLACK ELK and SPOTTED EAGLE. All three fall. The SOLDIER DANCERS exit. CROOK and WILSON stand over the bodies. The baby cries in SPOTTED EAGLE’s arms. CROOK picks it up.)

WILSON
Is it okay?

CROOK
Not hurt.

WILSON
Good.
(To LEONARD and BILL.)
If anyone else is alive, shoot them.

(LEONARD and BILL check pulses. No one is alive.)

WILSON
You look like you have something to say to me, Crook. Well? Nothing? In that case I want to thank you for all your help. Agent Custer sure was right about you. We couldn’t have done it without you.

CROOK
You’d have found a way.

WILSON
Come on, boys. Wouldn’t want to miss the rest of the fun.

(WILSON, LEONARD and BILL exit. CROOK closes BISON CALF and SPOTTED EAGLE’s eyes. As he’s about to close BLACK ELK’s, BLACK ELK coughs loudly and moves.)

CROOK
Easy. Take it easy, buddy.

BLACK ELK
Mr. Crook?

CROOK
I don’t believe it. They checked you, they said you were dead.

BLACK ELK
Maybe I was.

(BLACK ELK sits up.)

CROOK
Stay down. You’ve been shot.

BLACK ELK
It will heal.
(Re: baby.)
Is he okay?

CROOK
Fine.

BLACK ELK
Where’s Spotted Eagle?
(Sees the bodies.)
All of them?

(LITTLE BIG MAN enters at a run.)

LITTLE BIG MAN
(Sees SPOTTED EAGLE.)
Spotted Eagle? Spotted Eagle?!

CROOK
Kid, she’s dead.

(LITTLE BIG MAN sits down next to SPOTTED EAGLE’s body and cries.)

BLACK ELK
What the hell are you doing here?

CROOK
Don’t.

BLACK ELK
You killed him!

LITTLE BIG MAN
Nobody said anything about killing him!

BLACK ELK
You lured him in there so Wilson could shoot him in cold—

CROOK
Take it easy, Black Elk.

BLACK ELK
Why the hell should let him—

CROOK
’Cause you gotta forgive him.

BLACK ELK
Hell with him!

CROOK
Your vision.

BLACK ELK
Hell with saving the Lakota! I’ll never forgive him. Look at my friends! I’ll never forgive him or Wilson or any of those fucking Goons!

CROOK
We should go. That son of a bitch might come back and shoot you for resisting arrest.

BLACK ELK
(Starts crying.)
I failed, didn’t I?

CROOK
You’re alive. Maybe there’s some way to—

BLACK ELK
My vision was just a beautiful dream. The tree at the center of the nation’s hoop is dead. It won’t flower again.

CROOK
I don’t believe that. Sitting Bull’s time is long over. He accomplished all he could. Wilson’s right that it’s time for a new generation. It doesn’t have to be his.
(Hands the baby to BLACK ELK.)
You’ll make it flower again. You’re a healer.

BLACK ELK
So what now? The three of us open the store tomorrow like nothing happened?

CROOK
Store’s closed. I’m history. Taking the insurance money, hitting the road.

BLACK ELK
Where to?

CROOK
Might try my luck down in Omaha.

BLACK ELK
You don’t have to, boss. Nobody blames you. You were just trying to help.

CROOK
Every time I try to help, things turn even more to shit. The two of you gotta fix this.
(Shakes hands with BLACK ELK and LITTLE BIG MAN.)
Don’t stay here too long, you hear? Wilson’ll come back.

(CROOK exits. LITTLE BIG MAN starts to exit in a different direction.)

BLACK ELK
Where are you going?

LITTLE BIG MAN
What do you care?

BLACK ELK
Wait. You want to hold him?

LITTLE BIG MAN
Why?

BLACK ELK
He’s your son.

(LITTLE BIG MAN look sat the baby for a long time. He starts to exit again.)

BLACK ELK
Come on, kid. I need your help.

(LITTLE BIG MAN exits.

(GHOST DANCERS, dressed in ethereal, ghostly costumes enter led by CRAZY HORSE and begin to dance. First WOVOKA, then SPOTTED EAGLE, then BISON CALF and finally SITTING BULL join the dance.

BLACK ELK
(To himself.)
You know where to find me, kid

(BLACK ELK exits, leaving the GHOST DANCERS alone.

(Blackout.)

THE END

Copyright (c) 2008 by Adam Hunault.

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