Program 202: Honoring the Yankton Sioux

Audio and Transcripts

"Dog Dance" by Hidatsa Warrior. Courtesy of the Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, artist Karl Bodmer (1808-1893). - www.loc.gov

"Dog Dance" by Hidatsa Warrior. Courtesy of the Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, artist Karl Bodmer (1808-1893). - www.loc.gov

Historical Intro
Arlie Neskahi shares background on the expedition’s encounter with the Yankton Sioux. He shares how they were honored with special ceremony and relates an account of Lewis blessing a newborn Yankton baby, Strikes the Ree.

Elder Wisdom
Brian Bull features Yankton elder, Clarence Rockboy who shares background on the relationship of the Dakotah with the Lakota, and his peoples’ guardianship over the Pipestone Quarries, the growth of their buffalo herd, and the longstanding tradition of respect for women.

Sacred Landscape
Judy Bluehorse Skelton discusses sacred places, and the significance of Spirit Mound, “The Mountain of Little People,” which was recorded by Lewis and Clark in their journals.

Tribal Rhythms
In an interview with Native American Church singer, Gerald Primo, whose father was a roadman and carrier of the sacred pipe of the Yankton Sioux, Nico Wind shares the origins and music at the heart of the Native American Church.

Contemporary Rhythms
Milt Lee visits with Dakota musical artist, Jackie Bird, and shares her award-winning bluesy rock sound which is spiced with traditional Dakotah melodies.

Turtle Island Storytellers
Dakotah storyteller, Mary Louise Defender Wilson shares the traditional story of the first flute used for courting.