This article is about the Lakota sub-tribe. For the musical group, see Brulé (band). For Métis people, see Bois-Brûlés. For other uses, see Brule.
Janeen Antoine (Sicangu Lakota), curator, educator, and director of American Indian Contemporary Arts
The Brulé are one of the seven branches or bands (sometimes called "sub-tribes") of the Teton (Titonwan) LakotaAmerican Indian nation. They are known as Sičháŋǧu Oyáte (in Lakota), or "Burnt Thighs Nation," and so, were called Brulé (lit. "burnt") by the French. The name may have derived from an incident where they were fleeing through a grass fire on the plains.
According to the Brulé Medicine Bull (Tatánka Wakan), the people were highly decentralized, identifying mostly with the following tiyošpaye or bands, which collected in various local tiwahe (engl. Camps oder family circle):
Paul Eagle Star (1866- 24 August 1891), performer with Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show. He had attended Carlisle Indian Industrial School, enrolling in November 1882. After returning to the reservation, in early 1891, he was recruited as a free man under contract to perform with Cody, and went on a traveling tour to England. He died there in Sheffield of tetanus, about 10 days after his horse fell on him during a performance, dislocating and breaking his ankle. His leg was amputated, but the tetanus was fatal. Interment was at West Brompton's cemetery in London, where Surrounded by the Enemy had been buried after dying on an earlier tour. Eagle Star was survived by his wife and child. Eagle Star's remains were exhumed in March of 1999 and transported to the United States. Paul's two grandchildren, Moses and Lucy Eagle Star, accompanied the repatriation of his remains, along with Philip James. The reburial took place in Rosebud's Lakota cemetery two months later.