Sioux Death Song

Bronze statue “SanTee Death Song” by Dave Buffington 1977
overlay on prairie image by hosynth from Pixabay 

When someone passes away, many Native people say that they do not die, but instead “walk on.” This implies a continuation of a journey rather than an endpoint on a linear path.

Dakota (Sioux) Memorial – 1862 in Mankato, Minnesota …—1862 After listening to the bishop and personally reviewing the trial records, Lincoln commuted the death sentence for all but thirty-eight prisoners. At 10 am on December 26, 1862, the condemned men, chanting the Dakota deathsong, marched in single file to a scaffold guarded by 1,400 troops in full battle dress.

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