Lakota — Pine Ridge Reservation in the 1970s and ’80s. I lived at Camp Lakota near Wanblee, South Dakota, married to Selo Blackcrow, a Lakota spiritual leader who led a sundance and raised a sacred herd of buffalo on 800 acres near the Badlands.
Sisiwiss — (Sacred Breath) Northwest Coast in the 1990s until now. I moved to Oregon to be with my father, and met Vi Hilbert and Johnny Moses, a Nootka memorizer, who gave me the name Sti qua lanata (she sings and sews and gives to the People freely).
If you are interested in true res stories, try The Legend of the Hubcap Lady or Once I Lived Without Money, Yet I Was Not Poor,
If you are interesting in knowing how I met Selo Black Crow, married him, and moved to Camp Lakota to raise a sacred herd of buffalo, try Meeting the Sky Buffalo Boy, the first chapter of my memoir, Belonging to the Black Crows.
If you are interested in fiction, try The Black Cradleboard (the first chapter of a res mystery by that name, or later in that novel, another chapter, Chi-Chi Foretells the Sex of Alex Turning Hawk’s Baby.
If you want to see the only story that earned me $1000, read Singing to the Springs.
If you are interested in the women’s power, try The Copper Shield: A Native American Way of Dealing With Conflict or Si Tae Weksin: Crone Circles, Grandmothers Gathering Wisdom in South Dakota.
If you like dogs, don’t read Dog-Killers, even though Peter Coyote loved it.
If you’re interested in how I learned to butcher, read Sixteen in the Badlands.
If you want to read about how I fell in love with the Ocean, try Coast Watches or my collection of poems, Ocean Calling: Poems.
If you’ve ever seen your totem/power animal in the wild, you might enjoy my experience in the Targhee Tetons, Mountain Medicine Power.
If you’re interested in what’s called the supernatural but is completely natural in the res world, try this true story: Meeting Old Lady Coldwater. She died in 1919.
If you’ve survived cancer, you might be encouraged by Wearing a Mountain: The Healing Journey of a One-breasted Woman.
If you’d like a Native American Christmas story for all ages, read the text (sorry, the book with the drawings by Quitze Rose Pilling is out of print) of The Fourth Wise One: Wichoni’s Journey. (Perhaps a few are left on Amazon)
If you’re just curious, read them all and let me know what you think.