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Of Ihunktowan Dakota/Sicangu Lakota heritage, singer Joseph Shields, Jr. was raised in the traditional way as a ceremonial singer and medicine man. Carrying on the tradition of his forefathers, he is a keeper of Lakota culture and song. Feeling that they should be preserved for coming generations, he presents these sacred songs that illustrate the Lakota spiritual way of life.
A Song for the Horse Nation Spotlight: Horse Scenes on Tipis ✪ Unlike earlier versions that were constructed of hide, this Lakota tipi, circa 1890-1910, was constructed of canvas, which was rationed to tribes in the latter part of the 19th century when buffalo became scarce. Oral traditions were frequently documented on tipis and hide robes; the main actions are usually read from left to right. Read More from the National Museum of the American Indian ...