Dedication from Albert White Hat, Sr.:
This book and CD set is dedicated to the people who preserved our ceremonies and ceremonial songs during the years when governmental and missionary institutions tried to take them away from us.
Some Lakota people took the ceremonies "underground." Others practiced them openly in spite of the consequences-institutional persecution, both physical and psychological.
This book is also dedicated to the people who have (and are) bringing the ceremonies and ceremonial songs back into their rightful place in our society-the Medicine Men and Women, the Singers and the Icke Wicasa (The People).
We are able to openly participate in ceremonies today, singing the songs in this book, because of the efforts of a few faithful people. May these people be honored in our society.
- Albert White Hat, Sr.
An introduction by Albert White Hat, Sr.
Lakota pronunciation guide
Introduction by John Around Him
Purification Ceremony Songs
Hanbleceya (Vision Quest) Songs
Sun Dance Songs
Closing statement by John Around Him