"There are not many books of poetry that can be considered genuinely original and large in scope, even among the disputed ground of 'innovative writing' there is little that is truly groundbreaking. Reading The Last Wolf of Scotland, however, I feel I may have found just that sort of book." - Steven Waling, Review 32, Magma.
The Great Grandson of Sioux Chief Sitting Bull has agreed to read from my first poetry book, 'The Last Wolf of Scotland'. I will fly to South Dakota to record Ernie LaPointe reading from my book. Returning to the UK, I will create a digital album around his reading, of field recordings from the Sacred Black Hills and my reading from the book in an enigmatic soundscape. This digital album of 'The Last Wolf of Scotland' will be available as digital download through bandcamp.
IN 1864 ROBERT MCGEE was a young Scots boy who was scalped and survived. Later, he blamed it on Sioux Chief 'Little Turtle'. This was an impossible fiction. My book, 'The Last Wolf of Scotland' tracks McGee's hallucinogenic thoughts through a cinematic and powerful Scoto-America. In it, Edison and Annie Oakley appear alongside other characters from Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show. Sioux dancers from the show manifest alongside Spotted Elk and a Sioux boy scalping ends the book. Researched at the Library of Congress, Washington DC, I realised that Robert McGee's image (above) was in fact his calling card. Then I found the Wild West posse of journalists that found his story. And then I found out he had met Buffalo Bill, performed in the side shows at Topeka where the Wild West Show played out and that Robert McGee possibly to toured to Scotland with Cody and Sitting Bull.
Now I have arranged to record Ernie La Pointe, great grandson of Sitting Bull, reading from 'The Last Wolf of Scotland'. I have been invited to film during the last week in September, before the weather gets bad and in time for the US publication of 'The Last Wolf of Scotland' on October 2nd. This is a rare chance to document a singular voice in Native American, First Nation and Sioux Nation history. Ernie is a great narrator and historical spokesperson for his people - see the clip below. 'The Last Wolf of Scotland', 2nd imprint has been dedicated to the Sioux of Standing Rock. This reflects my long-standing interested in Plains culture and Native American history stemming from an awareness of Muscogee Creek Chief, Alexander MacGillivray and time I spent with Navajo and Hopi people when I made a desert piece with a dead wolf in Arizona in 2003. This book and recording extend that fascination.
So - what will I do? We'll fly out on September 20th and spend three days in the Sacred Black Hills. I'll record Ernie reading from the book for camera and with sound equipment, taking stills. When I return to the UK, I will create a digital album of 'The Last Wolf of Scotland', focussing Ernie LaPointe's reading. The recording will set and situate my poetry in the heart of Sioux Country, through Ernie's cinematic presence. He will bring to life a compelling counterpoint reply to Robert McGee's story.
The audio recording will be made digitally available via my website and bandcamp as part of an album of 'The Last Wolf of Scotland' and on a website specially designed for the project www.thelastwolfofscotland.com.
This is a link to 'The Last Wolf of Scotland'
Here is Ernie LaPointe speaking:
Risks and challenges
This is an exciting project; entirely achievable within the time-frame, to record Sitting Bull's great grandson reading from my first book. Ernie and I have worked on the logistics together. I am an extremely experienced traveller, professional recording artist and interviewer with knowledge of working with First Nation artists and communities. I have kept funding goals to an absolute minimum whilst offering a superb recording - achievable through my professional home studio.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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