Storytelling

One of the great joys in this short earthly life is sharing ones passion for storytelling. It has always been a pleasure to sit with people who can spin a tale and in the process relate historical facts about the times they listened to their fathers and mothers, grandfathers and grandmothers speaking about how things were in their younger years. The art of storytelling is extremely strong in Native American culture and during my many road trips I enjoyed nothing more than sitting on a trading porch bench listening to what really happened during the Indian Wars period of 1854-1890 on the North American Great Plains.

It was a honour to sit in the company of my dear friends Jack Little, Putt Thompson, Chief John Sipes Jr, Chuck Cochran, Bill Groethe, War Chief Joe Medicine Crow, Doug Ellison, Jack Bailey and many other interesting individuals and thrill at how the west was really won or should I say lost in the recent past of what is called the Wild West. Over the years I have attended events and spoke on behalf of my now departed friends passing on their stories and in the process kept the art of storytelling alive for future generations.

161C. Cheyenne Outbreak Marker, Fort Robinson, Nebraska, 2006. Neg Deleted.