We have created this video for the Lakota community of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation.
The video features scenes of the 17th annual “Honoring Our Chiefs Ride,” a six-day 100-mile ride on horseback to visit the burial sites of some of the most notable Lakota Chiefs, including Rain In The Face, Broken Bears Rib, One Bull, Izuza (Grindstone), Running Antelope, Flying By, Gall, Mad Bear, Bear Face, woman warrior Mary Crawler, No Two Horns, Sitting Bull, Two Bear, Goose, Fire Heart, Grass, Bears Coat, Pa Tanka (Big Head), Nasuna Tanka (Big Brain), and Red Hail.
The ride is inspired by the Big Foot Ride, a two-week ride each December to honor the nearly 300 Native American men, women, and children killed December 29, 1890 in the Wounded Knee Massacre.
Special thanks to Phillip Bird Horse, Robert Gipp, Volny Fasthorse, Manaja Hill, Virgil Taken Alive, John Eagle Shield, Burl Elk, Linus and Deb Grey Eagle, Adrian Kills Crow, Chubbs, and Ron His Horse Is Thunder.
Thanks also to Margaret Knox and Mark Holman of Sitting Bull College.
The songs “It’s Hard To Be An Indian” and “Morning Star” are courtesy of Kevin Locke (Tokaheya Inajin in Lakota translation, “First to Rise”), a world famous visionary Hoop Dancer, preeminent player of the Indigenous Northern Plains flute, traditional storyteller, cultural ambassador, recording artist and educator. Kevin is Lakota and Anishnabe.
The flute version of “Amazing Grace” is by Lone Tree Music.
The artwork for the Chiefs Ride logo was designed by Gilbert Kills Pretty Enemy III, aka “Shorty.”
Listen to and support Virgil Taken Alive and others at KLND Radio, “The Lodge of Good Voices,” community radio for the Standing Rock and Cheyenne River Nations, at 89.5 FM.
Archival photos provided by Mark Holman of Sitting Bull College, the Denver Public Library, Digital Horizons, and Wikicommons.
The painting “Hunting Buffalo” is by Alfred Jacob Miller.
The drawings of The Battle of Little Bighorn are by Lakota warrior Red Horse.
Transportation and inspiration provided by long-time friend and South Dakota native Paul Gunnarson.
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