Oct 22, 2009

Wakhan Thánka níci un

Title translation:  May the Great Spirit go with you and guide you.

I've watched this over and over, and still I can't put into words why it moves me.   Certainly it's the horses...but there's more to it than that.  There is a beautiful symmetry here; the melding of man and horse, the fluidity of movement.  

But mostly I think that it's a peek into the past.  Were it not for the jeans and t-shirts, these men could be wearing buckskins.  But the event is the same as it's been for hundreds of years - young Native American men displaying their skill and prowess on horseback.  Warrior spirit at its essence.

This event was filmed at at the Pine Ridge Reservation during the building of a cob house, and was a race to honor the battle at Wounded Knee.  

“Let us put our minds together and see what life we can make for our children.” ~~ Sitting Bull

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