Stories that have already happened and tell the important events, such as winter counts or historical facts that pertain to the social or spiritual life of the Lakota. By going back and remembering these stories we can learn recent past of the people and add them to the current happenings of today. In this way we now establish stories to help us teach and survive for future Generations to come. I can go back and remember the healing ceremonies, the medicines and certain songs sung for the spirits to help heal the sick. Our elders tell us to not live in the past but prepare in the present for our future.
– Warfield Moose, Jr., Lakota Spiritual Leader and author of
The Lakota Philosophy of Healing Through Song
photo: Steven Shangreau III helps prepare the altar for a sweat lodge ceremony