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Center Records presents Joseph Flying Bye, The Night is Sacred

Lakota Ceremonial Sacred Pipe Songs for Future Generations

Lakota Ceremonial Pipe Songs for Future Generations

When asked what he would like his great grandchildren to know about many years from now, Joseph Flying Bye replied, "They need to know about the sacred pipe. Why we pray with the pipe. The meaning of the songs and words. What they need to learn and know and do."

Joseph Flying Bye - The Night is Sacred
Lakota / Sioux culture, history, and spirituality in the songs and words of a respected 83 year old Native American elder and traditional Lakota holy man (1917-2000).

Joseph Flying Bye's first recording contains five traditional songs of the Lakota ceremonial sacred pipe, along with some background to better understand the songs and ceremony.

The liner notes include lyrics in both Lakota and English.
Total time is 48 minutes.

Track Listing

  1. Introduction
  2. Sacred People are Coming To See You (song)
  3. Interpretation and Background
  4. Pipe Filling Song (song)
  5. Interpretation
  6. Golden Eagle Song (song)
  7. Interpretation
  8. Behold These are Sacred (song)
  9. Prayer
  10. Grandfather Come to See Me (song)
  11. Prayer and Closing Comment

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An Interpretation of the Pipe Filling Song

Joseph Flying Bye - Friend, Do It This Way  

What teachings are kept within a traditional song?
On his 2nd recording, Joseph Flying Bye discusses the meanings and teachings behind the pipe filling song.

Many people only sing the first verse to the pipe filling song. Joseph Flying Bye wanted to pass on the other three verses as he had learned them from a Grandmother on the Pine Ridge Reservation many years ago and are often not included in the commonly used version.

Based on his life experiences and ancestors' teachings, Joseph Flying Bye raises his voice to the upcoming generations to encourage them to follow the Red Road of the Buffalo Calf Woman and the ways of a pipe carrier in the traditional Lakota life.
This recording also contains an Honoring Song that can be used to acknowledge community members.

Total time is 53 minutes

Track Listing

  1. Introduction - The Great Day
  2. Remembering Who is Greater Above
  3. Pipe Filling Song
  4. Interpretation and Teachings
  5. Honoring Song
  6. Interpretation and Closing

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Who was Joseph Flying Bye?
Joseph Flying Bye - Kangi Hotanka (Crow with a Loud Voice) was a pejuta wicasa (medicine man), akicita (decorated war veteran), and wakan wicasa (holy man) from the Hunkpapa tribe of the Lakota / Sioux Nation on the Standing Rock Reservation, better known for the leaders of the late 1890's such as Sitting Bull, Gall and American Horse.

Joe Flying Bye spent much of his early years helping his blind grandfather prepare medicines and pray over sick people. He would often lead his grandfather into town and listen to the old men talk of battles and life on the open plains. His grandmother would also tell him creation stories at night and in these ways he became a keeper of traditional knowledge and culture. 

Many of the medicine men on the Standing Rock reservation today have received instruction from him.

On June 22, 2000 Joe Flying Bye passed into the spirit world. He will be dearly remembered by his family, friends and Lakota people.

Kangi Ho Tanka 1917-2000
The Sacred Pipe

At this time there are only a few elders who can see that far back into the past. The purpose of these recordings is to pass on what we currently know of that past and where we stand with these ways at this time.  In this way, we can help the future generations hear an elder from those early times speak and pray.

The ceremonial songs contained in these recordings are considered sacred to the Lakota nation. Please treat them with honor and respect, and they will lead you to a place of peace and understanding. In troubled times they will bring you strength and comfort. They are a gift from the grandparents before us.

Remember to live a good life, and do good things with each day that you are given. Help each other and encourage each other to be good people.

We all play a part in what the future will be for the next generation. They will remember the things that they saw us do while we were with them and they will look at the path that we left behind for them to follow. Use your lifetime to leave a beautiful trail behind you.

At this time we are expecting to produce at least five different recordings total. Please check back periodically for release dates. Your purchases will help to keep our project alive.

Pilamaya yelo

(Thank you)


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