was Joseph Flying Bye?
Joseph Flying Bye - Kangi Hotanka (Crow with a Loud
Voice) was a pejuta wicasa (medicine man), akicita
(decorated war veteran), and wakan wicasa (holy man)
from the Hunkpapa tribe of the Lakota / Sioux Nation on
the Standing Rock Reservation, better known for the
leaders of the late 1890's such as Sitting Bull, Gall
and American Horse.
Flying Bye spent much of his early years helping his
blind grandfather prepare medicines and pray over sick
people. He would often lead his grandfather into town
and listen to the old men talk of battles and life on
the open plains. His grandmother would also tell him
creation stories at night and in these ways he became a
keeper of traditional knowledge and culture.
the spiritual leaders on the Standing Rock, Cheyenne
River, and Lower Brule reservations today have received
instruction from him.
22, 2000 Joe Flying Bye passed into the spirit world. He
will be dearly remembered by his family, friends and
Flying Bye shares memories of his youth, helping the
elders of that time perform ceremonies as they had
learned from their grandfathers. At this time there are
only a few elders who can see that far back into the
past. The purpose of these recordings is to pass on what
we currently know of that past and where we stand with
these ways at this time. In this way, we can help the
future generations hear an elder from those early times
speak and pray.
ceremonial songs contained in these recordings are
considered sacred to the Lakota nation. Please treat
them with honor and respect, and they will lead you to a
place of peace and understanding. In troubled times they
will bring you strength and comfort. They are a gift
from the grandparents before us.
Remember to live a good life, and do good things with
each day that you are given. Help each other and
encourage each other to be good people.
play a part in what the future will be for the next
generation. They will remember the things that they saw
us do while we were with them and they will look at the
path that we left behind for them to follow. Use your
lifetime to leave a beautiful trail behind you.
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