1877. An international diplomatic crisis faces
the new Dominion of Canada. The celebrated and reviled warrior
chief Sitting Bull has crossed the 49th parallel ahead of
pursuing U.S. Army troops. Camped near Wood Mountain just north
of the border, he asks for asylum in Canada for himself and
thousands of his Sioux and Cheyenne followers.
For Major James (Bob) Walsh, the North West Mounted Police
officer responsible for peace, order and the semblance of
government across a vast area of the northern plains, life has
just become much more complicated.
In a series of scenes and monologues representing the many
sides in this life-and-death confrontation, Colin Morton casts
new light on a past whose consequences still demand attention.
History, tragedy, poetry, story-telling—The Hundred Cuts: Sitting Bull and
the Major reminds readers that we
are all implicated in history, that the past is not gone. It is
part of us.