JHON GOES IN CENTER
Jhon (Oglala Lakota) hails from Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, SD. He is an award-winning silversmith and Master Artist of many traditional and contemporary techniques for Lakota utilitarian, ceremonial and artistic expressions. Although his degree is in Museum Studies, Jhon is also an expert lapidary, geologist and hydrologist – interests he applies to the interpretation of his Lakota culture. A deeply traditional man, Jhon’s explanations of Lakota history, culture and what it means to be a Lakota are compelling and powerful.
Rowdy (Northern Cheyenne) lives on the reservation, running his family ranch. His slight frame and quiet demeanor belie his history as a champion bull-rider, but to see this Indian cowboy on horseback is to behold poetry in equine motion. Whether you join him on horseback to ride the reservation, or to explore legendary local sites such as the Little Bighorn, the Rosebud, or the Deer Medicine Rocks, you will hear stories of the past and the present, his family history and tribal history. And with his thoughtful narratives you will clearly see why Rowdy is in demand as a history teacher at Chief Dull Knife College on the reservation.
We often use the phrase ‘a foot in each world to describe our traditional guides in this modern world… but in the case of Ray Coin (Hopi) it is quite literally true. Born and raised within the grounds of the Northern Arizona University he has the skills of an anthropologist, yet the stories he has studied are those of his own family history. Ray’s great-grandfather can be seen in historic photos as one of the brave Hopi men who chose imprisonment at Alcatraz to stop their children from being taken to an infamous government boarding school.
Is there anything this man can’t do?
Fluent in Lakota, holding two degrees from Oglala Lakota College, a Native American Flute player who doubles as a local rock star at weekends, and a guitar-toting rapper (in Lakota of course),
you would think he was already pretty busy. But Sequoia (whose people are from the Cheyenne River) is
also a cultural advisor (and lifeline) for all Lakota kids placed in the Children’s Home, a traditional Grass Dancer, a story-teller,
a historian, and a single (and doting) father of three gorgeous kids.Impressed? We are because he also has 14 years of guiding for Go Native America under his belt.
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“We hear him before we see him, his ankle bells jangling down the corridor. His porcupine quill and deer-hair bonnet casts spiky shadows in the lamplight and his robe is fringed with hundreds of tassels. Historically, this dance was performed before moving camp. Sequoia demonstrates the first step: tracing a wide circle first with one foot, then the other, mimicking the scouts flattening the grass. Next he is an eagle: eyes darting, head jerking back and forth. As the drumming builds, he begins to twist and turn, leaping in the air. Then he lunges forward: he is a buffalo, galloping across the plains . . .”k here to add text.
The Sunday Telegraph (London)
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