Tag Archives: Native American

Last Year This Year Next Year

The thing 
about the calendars we use 
is that they have a 
hard place to start and stop 
It has been many moons since everything just rolled along

“Percept: Two Identities” Bronze sculpture by Debbie Gessner representing the phases of the moon and of life. The bronze looked at from one side shows a native man with the sun on his shoulder. The reverse side shows a man with the phases of the moon going through his hands as a necklace with each bead a different phase.

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 …

https://www.findagrave.com/cemetery/2340627/dakota-(sioux)-memorial—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.