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  • I was sitting with Russell Means a couple weeks ago and I was trying to figure out some information about Dawson Has No Horse because he was a spiritual leader in Lakota ways and also a Minister in the Episcapol Church. My great great grandfather was also a Lay Minister in 1890 at the Wounded Knee Creek area. Lakota people have embraced the Jesus way and I found it interesting to study Dawson Has No Horse because of this idea of being Lakota and fully Christian. Fools Crow is a first of a great name, because our enemy were the Crow people and to fool them must have been a great feat and a proud name.
    Frank Fools Crow is the link between the 19th and 21st Century. He was practicing the SunDance in 1921before Black Elk Speaks was written and so this was something we must understand because he was influenced by the old ones and many people are influenced by what I call the link from the old ways to the new contemporary peopole.
    I remember being at Fools Crow's SunDance and it was powerful and hot. I mean the only thing I had to eat was crackers and water because I did not eat Taniga Soup or Cow Guts so I would get some crackers and sit and watch the Gazing at the Sun Ceremony. I remember watching this old man sit in front of a cabin and watch over the happenings, I wondered who this man was because he did not seem so common and yet he was the most common of us all. I remember this old man who seemed to have nothing and yet there was great dignity coming from him. You see to the American Culture a man with nothing is worth nothing but in Lakota Culture a man with nothing has given everthing away. His dignity was powerful because his essence was full of wisdom and power as he was the Chief of the Sundance. He is pictured at the Greasy Grass or Little Big Horn marching for the Oyate or people.
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