I am happy I found these songs, I live in sweden and have south American Indian blood in my soul, The Lakotas have always been near to me and I was deeply moved when I saw Kangi Ho Tanka-Joseph Flying Bye ,cause in a dream 5 years ago did I see a face that looked like his face.I need to visit very soon somewhere to connect with my roots and soul. I sing and I look forward to embrace these songs into my soul. 2005 did I meet in Assisi Duane Hollow Bear-rosebud lakota reservation. And soon will I meet here in sweden Tim Sikyea from the Native American Dene Nation of Canada who received his Medicine Name WANBLI ISNA-LA from the descendants of Sitting adopted him into the Hunkpapa-Lakota tribe. He is the one who brought Earth dance ceremony here to sweden they say. The time is now here for all who love Earth , I used not to want to live then love came from deep within and from spirit and now I live and assist youth. I see we all meet from far away place in strenght and union. HO MITAKUYE OYACIN Love Vera Sweden
Message received February 7, 2008
It is difficult to find teachings and songs sung by the elders who have
brought this music down from our grandfathers. I have only listened to
the sample tracks but have orders both cd's and am anticipating their
arrival very much.
aho mitakuye oyasin
November 06, 2007
I was searching for details describing the sacred pipe ceremony and stumbled onto Joseph Flying Bye. The internet recording played through my laptop as if he was in the room. Since the recordings have arrived I have listened to each CD four times beginning to end. Every time the teaching unfolds into a deeper meaning.
June 14, 2007
I found your site by searching for Lakota music.
I was really interested because the songs are being sung by a gentleman whose first language was
Lakota. I also liked that he explains the importance of the songs.
June 06, 2007
I am looking forward to listening to Joseph Flying Bye and thank you for keeping the teachings and songs alive so others may continue to hear them.
February 28, 2007
Hau I am Manny Yaqui/Tarascan. Thank you uncle for your lessons. I dance in South Dakota every year .Tu`i
All My Relations
Message received January 27, 2006
I have been blessed with the recordings of Joseph Flying Bye. He shows us the bridge between all the races if we are willing to open our minds and listen, for his words come from the Creator. Along our journey on this earth walk, the Creator sprinkles us with bits of knowledge about himself, only when we are able to digest it. Joseph has blessed many people with the insight God gave him. Just as we have been blessed from his gift, we will proudly hand our gifts down the generations so that the young ones......(and older ones alike who do not yet possess this wisdom).....may be blessed as we are.
Message received January 15, 2006
I have always been interested and intrigued by Native
American peoples and enjoy learning about the many
customs and the history of the different groups. I
wish I could trace my ancestry to a Native American
group; I would be honored to be a member of any of
the many tribes in the US. (I at least work at a
university with an Indian name :-) there is history
all around us with the Caddo Indians and the Ouachita
Indians in this area of southern Arkansas).
Thank you for the information provided at your site.
Dr. Nancy Hardman, CCC-SLP
Ouachita Baptist University
Message received January 14, 2006
I enjoyed coming to this site. I am 18 years old, and half Lakota, from somewhere around Pineridge. I will definetly come back to visit this site. I am having a very difficult time with things in my life right now, dealing and fighting with myself about both cultures I am from, mainly just internal battles of guilt for forgetting Lakota, not being able to sing or dance, any of that. It's very hard, but coming to a page with teachings by such a wise man makes me think, "hey! maybe there's a way I can learn my culture I am so proud of someday".. gives me hope.. thank you.
Message received January 11, 2006
Thanks for such a wonderful web site. Thanks for sharing the picture of a man that I came to know while I was on my LDS Mission on Standing Rock. The music is great, the memories of this Great Loving Holy Man are Great, no matter what Tribe we may be from the word and the music is all the same. I am part Cherokee and the ways of our people are not lost as I was told by this my Brother.
Message received January 2, 2006
I'm a Turk. I'm from another culture; our indigenous folks are on the other side of the globe but we have the same ways as the men like Flying Bye. I am aware that it's different now with the new generations in all Native communities, I don't want to bother mentioning them, have no connection there. There is no point explaining how and why I got to know the Red Road and where I connect, lets just say I got my culture my Nation and we have pretty much the same ways and I'd like to keep it at that. There is not many learned elders around, especially not after the Soviets cleaned them out in my Nations original land; the few that are left the anthropolgists want to put behind a glass display in a museum. We also have a new wave of US and European missionaries with crosses, music and pictures of their god that they killed on a big wooden cross; they are trying to save us from a tornment of a hell and claiming our elders are devils in human form. They already did that once with theTzar, before Soviets saved the folks from something they said they got to save people from. Everyone is saving the Turkic people, with, fines you can repay only with jail, votka, toxic waste, assimilation, brainwashing, extermination. They'll save us alright in 2006. Before I end up saved like their kind is keeping Leonard Peltier saved, I am trying to learn something good. It's good that there are valuable records like these; not just for the red man but all the 4 types of man. The earth is not flat, it's not linear, we are all in a circle with all the 4 races together interacting with each other, a circle without a beginning and without an end. It makes sense to try learn something from these recordings.
To all the Niijiis involved Chi Migwetch. Central Records de yuonihan pidamaya.
For the folks who don't understand I just thanked theOjibway folks involved and I said to Central Records it's an honor, thank you (Dakota dialect). I'm not trying to be a wiseguy, just being respectful. Thank you for your patience.
M Sonny Mercan
Message received August 9, 2005
I enjoyed my visit here . I thank Lakota Skies for the site.
Not many people know , but my 3 children are half Sioux.
My mother in law passed away before she could tell me whether they were Dakota, Nakota or Lakota.
So I just search and read and share with them,
this is the second time I have been back
and plan on coming back.
May you have a blessed day.
Message received July 29. 2005
Thank you very much.
Prayers & blessing to all of you..
Heartlight and deep respect from:
Olav R Husby "Eagle-Eye" living in Norway
Message received July 28, 2005
I am pleased and honored that I found your site.
I am and always was interested in Native American History.
More so now. I have been blessed in meeting 2 Lakota Natives.
Both are ancestors of Red Feather.
Lakota Skies and her cousin, Warrior Wolf.
Your site has helped me understand a lot, and I enjoyed it
very much and will be back.
Thank you for all the knowledge you shared
Message received July 25, 2005
I have both "Friend, Do It This Way', and 'The Night is Sacred'. I look forward to listening to them in detail, but have listened while doing other tasks. It is good that Joseph Flying Bye was able to work with Center Records to record these teachings, and Joseph's views. I would caution listeners to remember that the spiritual teachings that are provided are part of a Living Tradition, and thus you will not find some relic of the 'Old West', or unchanged Lakota path. What is provided is the sacred views of a loving, and wise Lakota Holy Man. These teachings were shaped by his life experiences as a Lakota, veteran, father, and elder of his nation in 20th Century America. Most of Joseph's thoughts and views are expressed in his second recording called 'Friend Do It This Way'. I would like to thank Center Records for making these recordings available to the general public, and I would like to thank Joseph Flying Bye's family as well.
Message received July 4, 2005
Wonderful site! Thank you for sharing!
I hope this is close to correct:
Cheek se ya Akicita wakan takan kici un
I remember you Veterans may God bless you
Message received May 20, 2005
I bought this cd and it is the best I ever heard, I use the songs in our cannupa ceremonies, and it has brought honor to my ancestors that we sing these songs to our little ones. When the words of Wisdom and songs sung, One will see Respect, Honor, and gratitude, and then they will see change.
Lenard Strong Beaver
Message received April 28, 2005
Hau Kola; I Am now on the roll with the Potawatomi nation which has been kept from me for 40 years. I have a lot of catching up as well as getting ready to recieved my sacred name. I have been helping a friend through his sun dance. These great times for our peaple to follow the red road. Thank you for a great site. Robb Hand
Message received April 25, 2005
thanks to josephs family for sharing his songs and the songs the creator gave him all songs on this cd touched me and we sing these songs at the medicine wheel in missisn bc canada in ceremonies thanks to all and good to see lakota and dakota and nakoda still kicking in this cruel world check out powwow bc .com to see powwow in canada u all click on groups then powwowbc.groups glen fine day is the manager mitakuye oyasin dakota yellow tail hawk
Message received April 17, 2005
I was please to find this site and thank you for it..I am part Lacota/choctaw/cherokee and white..and very pale skinned.But it is all right because my heart is Indian.I want to tell you about something that happened to me about a year ago.It was a low point in my life. Everything seemed to being going wrong in my life.Well I was driving down the road and I saw a white wolf in front of me. I thought no this can't be I live where there are no wolves any more. then the next night this same wolf showed me herself again.After this I knew that she showed herself for a reason and not long after things started getting better and I started listening to things around me instead of the people around me. My life is now better and I am learning about the Indian way of life. I truly love the People.I cry at the struggles they have had to go through just to stay alive.How the white man destoyed a great nation.It still makes me cry.
Lil bird broken
Message received March 14, 2005
hello, just found your web-site and find it very interesting.
there was an article about Joe Flying Bye in a Time magazine I believe many years ago. I copied it down and had it on my refrigerator for many years and have some how lost it.
I miss having it because it was a way to live by. I don"t know if you can help me find a copy or not, but one of the thoughts in the article that he said was something like, "if you give a stranger on the street money that he asks for, do not worry that they will buy alcohol with it, because what you have done was from the heart and the Great one knows this". Any help would be appreciated. Frank Z.
*Note from webmaster: If anyone has a copy of this article or knows the date of the article we are interested in obtaining a copy for archival purposes as well as forward it to the above guest. Pilamaya
Message received March 7, 2005
Hi, my name is Nineveh Miriam Daniel from Melbourne,
I would like to thank Center Records for bringing such
a great being into my home.
From a very young age I've been inspired by the Native
American way. Although your plight has filled me with
such sadness, your spirituality has awakened something
deep inside of me. I've always known there to be
something very special and different about you.
With all the injustice past and present, I feel deeply
and am inspired by your ability to share your
knowledge. I am forever grateful to you.
I pray for all Native Americans, and that your
teachings will continue to strengthen, spread and to
be of benefit to all beings.
Message received March 6, 2005
I have written before and have this site in my favorite places. It is Sunday morning and I visited the site again today, read more about Joseph and wanted to send a thanks out into the universe. I have and continue to study all that I can to learn the language and am so thankful that these recordings exist. Here in Dallas Texas, I do not find many opportunities to speak or hear Lakota, as you can Imagine :) My roomate is now interested in learning so this will help. Prayers to all on this good day.
Message received February 5, 2005
My name is michael born this time with white skin, I have been Sweating for over 23 years.Many years ago I talked with a Pueblo Medicin man Grey Antalope, I called him Grandfather he called me brother, I told him of a some words I hear inside of me. He told me perhaps I need to sweat with some one. I fanally met someone who knew these words.
I have been seeing these words I hear inside of me reciently on a web sight I listen to. Tonight I decided to search on the web for their meaning, I found this sight and another, the words I hear ar Mitakuya Oyasin ( I live in harmony with all my relations). I am truly greatfull to the Creator for all that is, as I try to live these words. michael-(kessa)
Message received December 22, 2004
I have always been interested in my heritage and though there is a small percent of Lakota blood in me on paper, I feel there is 100 percent in micante. I have been working hard at learning the language, but it is hard because I dont have anyone here in Dallas Texas to speak it with. I happened across this website and thought I would pay my repects to this good man who took the time to record these songs. Were it not for he and those like him, these songs and this language could have been lost. Love to all this holiday season.
Tate ohanwaste win
Message received November 18, 2004
Hello all. I was born part native American-I believe it is Comanche. I live in Oklahoma but sure have been getting curious about my heritage lately. I've been reading a lot of native American books. There is one author I really like, her name is Karen Kay and she is Lakota Sioux. We have really had good conversations lately. I'd say we have become friends.
I like your site and will be back to it also. Thank you for your site. I don't have a native american name, but sure would like one. My name is Debbie Epperson. Thank you.
Message received August 13, 2004
Thanks for the site, my little grandson was lead to it tonight by the same power that saved my life years ago. I was ready to end my depression and life when I passed out. During the sleep I was visited in a dream by a Native American along the creek and he handed me a medicine wheel penant. The same man who befriended my brother and I on a family trip in our youth. When I woke up it was my goal to find out who the man was. In my quest I read all I could about Native American spirituality. Black Elk speaks, and from then on all about Nick Blackelk and his books. Years later I found a picture of my brother and I with this man. And a year later I was belittled to find out the man I knew as a friend and who saved me in my dream was the son of the holyman Blackelk. I since have walked the sacred sights, Bear butte, Medicine wheel, Pipestone, and others offered smoke, prayers and thanks and have found now my blood runs white, but my heart is RED.
Vic in Iowa
Message received July 27, 2004
I am white but have dreamed of the Native Peoples all of my life.
I have no idea how I got this site but believe that Wakan Tonka helped . I study and read many things about the past and my heart is saddened for what has been done to all aboriginal peoples by Europeans past and whites present. I signed the petition SAVE BEAR BUTTE as did my white friends. I am called walking Buffalo Spirit because of my beliefs and that I raise Bison here in Michigan. I now it sounds empty coming from a descendent of the slaughterers but I wish it had not happened.
I will continue to pray to the Great Spirit and try at least to live my life as a good son on the red road as I understand it.
Message received July 1, 2004
A long time now have I tried to be in contact with the people. I come from a people whose connection with the past has practically vanished and only small bits and pieces of information remain and these I treasure very much. I can relate to your story with the ongoing difficulties of maintaining traditions and memories. Even now as I try to ask questions and investigate what was true, I am met with ridicule, avoidance and outright lies. Much has been lost and really the western/european powers have much to answer for in this regard. Also our people have become complacent and have accepted the modern man way of living
I look to you for inspiration and share in your struggle.
May the Great Spirit watch over us, give us strength as we prepare for the time coming when this world returns to what it is meant to be.
tasmania - australia
Message received June 9, 2004
My name is Isabelle Théliol and I live in France. Excuse me, I don't speak very well english, but i would like to say you all my thanks, respect, my love and my support for all the Native American and your culture. I prepare a trip in South and North Dakotas for september 2004, because I have dreams about Bear Butte, the Blacks Hills and your people... and it'll be a great honor for me to walk on Blessing Earth of the Lakota for pray and honor your people ... I hope can meet your people...
Peace, Love and Harmony for all People and the Rainbow Planet
Message received April 9, 2004
this is a wonderful web page thankyou for making the music available to all
Message received February 26, 2004
My name is Matt Noteboom. I would just like to say pila maya yelo. I think it is great that someone had the forethought to get the wats of our elders down for all peoples to learn and grow from. I am part Lakota myself and am constantly looking for ways to expand my knowledge of my people and I think this is fantastic to be able to learn from such a great man. While I never got to meet Joseph Flying Bye I know he would have been someone geat to learn from and talk to. Thanks again for the opportunity to expand my knowledge in the ways and customs of my people. I will do my best to use these tapes in the honorable manner for which they were intended.
Message received January 6, 2004
My name is Teff, Buffalo Spirit. I was born and raised in Germany but moved to turtle island a couple of years ago. There, Great Spirit guided me to meet Chief Dale Strong Bull and his wonderful wife Betty Red Earth Woman. They took me under their wings and guided me to walk my first steps on the Red Road. I found what I was looking for all my life. It changed (and is still changing) my life completely. To walk this path is the most valuable gift I ever received.
Unfortunately I never met Joseph Flying Bye, but I learned to have the highest respect to the elder of this great first Nation of Turtle Island.
I'm very grateful that his family is willing to share his teachings with us and I hope that his words are spreading wide and fast.
Let me use the opportunity to bring your attention to a horrible crime that is ongoing while you read this note. In Yellowstone, every winter our brothers the sacred Buffalo are slaughtered by the hundreds by the Montana Department of Lifestock when they leave the park for food (the last free roaming herd in the US). Please have a moment and visit http://www.wildrockies.org/Buffalo. Maybe you agree that this is a horrible crime to our brothers that need to be stopped.
May the spirits of the four winds blow peace and harmony on your lodge, always.
Tatanka Wanagi (Buffalo Spirit)
Message received November 27, 2003
My name is Marina and I write from Italy. Here, in my land, there are a lot of people that love the American Native's culture and a lot of him spent our time to help and preserveted our culture. I don't know well english language..I hope you understand me and my great love for American Native and his history. It is my first time I write in this guestbook and is'nt no simple after I have seen who write inside...It's a great honor to know the history of Joseph Flying Bye, a traditional man also "wakan" man...In Hopening visit your lands.... I'll prayer for all of you.
Via Giuseppe D'Avarna, 23
Message received October 2, 2003
Ahou kola I am called Four Feathers. I was born at Rosebud Reservation just after WWII and lived there eleven years. I returned in the mid eighties and found many changes. I met Joseph while sipping coffee at the side of the road. He told me many things about myself and helped me to remember my fathers teachings. We met many times during my long visit, and he told me many stories that I will remember forever, that led me back to the Sacred Path. He said "Call me Tunkasila" (Grandfather). Today I visited your web site. Today I learned his real name. I will continue to miss him...
(nee Walt Redhand)
Message received September 14, 2003
I am a traveler on the Red Road , my grandmother was Yakima and I am very proud to have those roots. All the records that were available have perished with my grandfather many years ago but in my heart I know my path and with the help of a Ojibway medicine woman I have learned much. I am now a being of two places because of my passing over to the other side I look for more teaching that is how I arrived at this site I have enjoyed my visit It is time for my story telling and I have someone waiting to hear my story of old.
May the Great Spirit always be with you.
Message received May 23, 2003
Guest book sign in:
LINDA CADOTTE VOORHEES (STANDING ROCK SIOUX-HUNKPAPA)
Message received March 21, 2003
Hau Kola , Thank YOU For the wonderful sample of your c.d., dashea
Message received March 2, 2003
Hau Koda, I thought that you may be interested in a travesty (shooting range/resort) that is happening at Bear Butte, our most sacred site. Information is on a web page we have made to alert people to this issue. It is at: SAVE BEAR BUTTE
Please take a look and maybe sign the petition that has been set up. All details are on the page. Word needs to get out about this.
Chuck Derby (Running Elk)
Message received February 26, 2003
On June 26, 1999, at the end of the 25th Aniversary IITC conference at Bear Butte, Joe prayed the wishes of the participants would be answered and the children would put away the paper and pencil and learn from the rocks, trees, and animals of the Black Hills. The PRI Zapatista congressman Marcelino Diaz de Jesus and medicineman Narcisso were there. June 26, 2000 was the fourth day of his spirit on earth. By then the Chiapas war was winding down and eventually Fox replaced Zedillo. I believe Joe had something to do with helping the Mayans. He met my adopted Mayan madre Enriquetta Contreras from Oaxaca.
Wopila Tanka Kangi Ho Tanka
Leland Little Dog.
Message received February 17, 2003
With out our elders we would not have this peace today.We pray for those who defend this part of Turtlel IIs ,All of mitakoysin, So that No Lives be lost. Pray for ancestors recent & past .Teach the child so that our ways stay strong.To the four directions Grandmother earth, Water ,sky ,Grandmother moon & all of creation's creatures.
Marjorie E of Ojibway-Pottowami,EAGLE CLAN
Message received December 6, 2002
I am excited to finally find this CD, as I was told it was in the works. My family met Joe at the Fort Peck Res. two years before he left on the spirit trail. He was a most wise and spiritual soul. He welcomed us with open arms and so many wonderful stories. One thing sticks out from all of that wonderful visit....Joe was worried about who would take care of his people when he was gone...we will Joe....I feel very blessed to have met you.
Marilyn Weaver, Hampton,GA
Message received September 4, 2002
The CD arrived in great shape yesterday afternoon. I am in awe......Joseph Flying Bye is truly wicahcala (please forgive me if I have erred in understanding the meaning of this term but I hope it expresses what I feel from Joseph Flying Bye's spirit...his spirit is that of a precious, real man, who has achieved wisdom and honored the People by living the Lakota philosophy and spirituality). I am of mixed blood, who since very young has been drawn mystically to the old ways...even now I prefer not to ask why or how but only to give humble thanks for this blessing. Lately as I close my 52nd year, my yearning to learn and practice more of the old ways has taken over as my guide and purpose. I thank Grandfather Spirit that you have been able to make this historical and sacred recording available. May your blessings be many.
Message received August 16, 2002
I had began the road of preparing for my granddaughter's walk into womanhood. I knew this would take a while for me since I know so little. I want to do the ceremony for her traditionally but I know very little about the sacred pipe. I do know that I need to know everything I can to honor something so sacred. At times I get confused but I try to follow my heart, and in doing so I found Joseph Flying Bye's CD and the book Sacred Pipe (Black Elk). I have a few years and I hope that by then I will be able to honor her in this way. You have begun to make that possible for me. These songs I have not heard from some who carry a sacred pipe. All I knew is that there had to be more than what I had been seeing. My granddaughter will be 5 and so many have prayed for her and the Great Spirit has heard.
Thank you for letting the old tradition carry through on tape because people like me find it almost impossible to find someone who can teach me on a regular basis. I was told along time ago that I would walk this path with the spirits and the things I learn are from those I run into, find along the way or are brought to me through dreams. I do not know if I believe that but so far, she has not been wrong.
Linda Bennett, Des Moines, Iowa
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Message received July 21, 2002
While in South Dakota in June, 2002, I purchased Joseph Flying Bye's cd The
Night is Sacred. I have shed many heartfelt tears while listening to this
recording. I only wish I could have met him before he passed over.
This recording touched my heart profoundly and I thank those who made it
possible for me to hear it.
I understand the songs and the pipe in a much more profound way now.
Mitakuye Oyasin, Diana Walton
Message received June 26,2002
My name is Kendrijs Van-Rijn and I live in London, United Kingdom.
I would just like to say thank you to all the Native American People for the beautiful literature and music that I have from them and for all that I will obtain in the future.
May the Great Spirit guard and guide us all.
Message received June 26,2002
Glad to see the history is being kept alive! The Native American spirituality is slipping away...and we should all learn it's valuable lessons and teachings.
Molly and Dave
Message received May 5, 2002
I am called "Little Dove." I want to tell you how much I enjoy coming to your sight. I want to learn all I can
about my people. It is truly a blessing to me and I love it. Thank you my friend.
Message received March 27, 2002
I'm pleased to see that our elders are taking a "modern approach" in
teaching the culture to ensure that it is preserved for our future
generations. Joe Flying Bye was adopted into my family many years ago. He blessed our lives with his wisdom, humor, and prayers. He was an extraordinary man.
Marcia Half, Sioux Valley Dakota Nation
Message received March 15, 2002
Greetings from Germany
I find your Home Page interesting, I am interested in the Indian culture.
Message received December 16,2001
I am honored to hear that our elders are taking an active role in teaching the sacred songs. I am Ojibwe (adopted) and carry a pipe for the people. I have had great priveledge to learn and study with Dakota and Lakota Elders. The sacred prayer songs for the pipe are by far the most moving prayers for me. Again many thanks.
Message received December 10, 2001
Dear Center records,
I just got my tape that I ordered last week. Your service could not possibly
have been any better. I am impressed and grateful.
Andrea - Pendleton,IN
Message received August 30, 2001
My name is Michael Coles.I live in Maldon,a small town of about
2000 in Central Victoria,Australia.I have met and spoken with Archie Fire
Lame Deer and Eagle Man( Ed McGaa) .That was some time ago When they were in Australia.
I thank you for your Web Page ,it made my heart feel full to
read it. I try to make contact now and then but have to rely on time with
the community computer.
I have been trying to collect ceremonial songs so that our
Sweat Lodge ceremony can be even more powerful and so the songs will
continue to live. Thank you again,
Ake wacinyankinkte ,WakanTanka nici un.
I hope I got it right.Blessings.
Message received July 27, 2001
When I think of Grandfather Joe my heart swells and tears flow. I met
him and the tiospeye, family, in 1992 as I was warmly welcomed into
their homes and lives. My family was blessed to have made contact with
them as well. I am grateful for the gifts that the Flying Bye family and my own, have
been able to share. I know that Grandfather Joe wanted to share his
wisdom with all relatives of all Nations and pray that many are able to
glean from this wonderful recording. The magic of his ways and voice is
very captivating. I send prayers for the Flying Bye family and his
extended family of Little Eagle, South Dakota, as well as the many
relitives around the world that Grandfather Joe has touched. May we all
walk in Beauty. Shayna DeArmon, Cottonwood, AZ.
Message received July 26, 2001
It was an honor to have met and participated in ceremony with grandpa
Joe. Even though I am from the Ojibwe Nation, I felt blessed by the
things we shared from our respective nations. I have some funny stories
and had some very powerful experiences as a result of the time we spent
together. Although the days can be counted on one hand, none the less,
they continue to impact me in my journey on this earth plane. Grandpa
Joe, as he requested me to call him, will be remembered and his teaching
held within the sacred circle. When we drove him home to Little Eagle,
which was the last time I was in his physical presence, I remember the
twinkle in his eye and the chuckle of a shared joke.
His gently and kind manner will be carried in memory and stories shared
with my grand daughters.
Message received June 27, 2001
I have relatives at Standing Rock and am a Sun Dancer there. I spoke to
Grampa Joe about 2 days before he passed over last summer. That particular
Sun Dance was run by him up until that time.
Thanks to you guys for helping keep his spirit alive, and especially for
helping keep his songs around for the younger ones and those of us trying to
rebuild traditional lives.
Message received May 30, 2001
May peace and joy come to all who walk the good road. Even if I know you not, I send out this blessing to you because we are all brothers of one another. I honor all who teach the way of the spirit, and I thank you. Take courage, Life awaits you.
Message received March 18, 2001.
ah ho honored elder. Just to let you know I honor you as an elder who has earned the honor you receive today. I am a full breed native, who loves to know traditional ways. I practice my culture in song and dance, both tribal and family. Just wanted to acknowledge you and tell you that I love you as a fellow native. Keep up the great work of honoring your culture and way of life. Today I can find happiness in my life no matter where I go.