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A digital sound recording of Sitting Bull's great grandson reading from my poetry collection 'The Last Wolf of Scotland' for new album.
A digital sound recording of Sitting Bull's great grandson reading from my poetry collection 'The Last Wolf of Scotland' for new album.
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   "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'

http://www.macgillivray.org.uk/page_3253594.html

Here is Ernie LaPointe speaking:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RnPnWg-B2QY

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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.

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    Your Name on The Last Wolf Website

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    South Dakota Field Recording

    A field recording from the heart of Sioux Country, sent as a digital file.

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    Secret Album Track

    A secret album track from the digital album of 'The Last Wolf of Scotland' not available anywhere else.

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    Poem Composed in the Sacred Black Hills

    Digitally signed by MacGillivray, this will be an exclusive, unpublished, limited edition 1/50 PDF only for the buyer and not to be published anywhere else.

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    A Signed Copy of Last Wolf Broadside

    On the front is Robert McGee and his poem; on the back is a reproduction of one of Buffalo Bill's Wild West mottoes. Signed to you from MacGillivray.

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    Recording of The Last Wolf of Scotland

    Receive special codes for a pre-release download of the full digital recording including Sitting Bull's Great Grandson, reading from 'The Last Wolf of Scotland'. Material will be readings by MacGillivray set against field recordings and a brooding sonic soundscape.

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    Pre-Release 2nd imprint Last Wolf

    Enjoy a pre-released copy of the 2nd, US imprint of 'The Last Wolf of Scotland' signed by MacGillivray to you. The second imprint includes rare archive material, images and an essay.

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    MacGillivray Skype Poetry Masterclass

    Having taught at Oxford University and a published writer with experience of reading and performance for film, radio and television, I am offering an exclusive poetry masterclass. For the masterclass, I will read up to three of your poems followed by a one to one in depth skype masterclass.

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    MacGillivray Skype Music Masterclass

    An international performer for over a decade on the BBC as well as nominated for a Paul Hamlyn Composer Award and Shortlisted for PRS/Help Musicians Scottish Performer of the Year, I am offering a mastercalss in song and song-writing. Send me up to three pieces or alternatively, let me help with you with any practical workshopping of performance skills, technical know-how, online presence or working for radio and film as a musician.

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    Limited Wolf Bundle

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    Last Wolf 2nd imprint & Broadside

    Buy second edition plus a broadside, both signed by the author in addition to digital codes for the full recording featuring Ernie LaPointe, Great Grandson of Sitting Bull.

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    An Exciting Wolf Package

    Last Wolf Broadside, signed
    Black Hills Poem, signed and limited edition PDF
    Signed first edition of 'The Last Wolf of Scotland'
    Signed second imprint of 'The Last Wolf of Scotland'
    AND a mystery field recording from the Sacred Black Hills by MacGillivray, digital download.

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    Silver Wolf Package

    The Silver Wolf includes all the rewards available as well as a secret Sioux present, bought for you in South Dakota.

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    The Golden Wolf

    One complimentary ticket to premiere of the Last Wolf Ernie LaPointe recording showcased on September 28th 2017 at Colchester Arts Centre with Alan Moore.

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