Music has played an important part in many cultures, especially my Lakota roots. Long ago, music and song was not only played for pleasure, but for important ceremonies, achievements, birth and even death. These songs were the connection to the spirit world and the Great Father: Tunkasila
During the Sun Dance Ceremony a number of sacred songs are sung in a certain order, first announcing the purification of the body through the Inipi Ceremony, and eventual leading to Sun Dance itself. Other songs were more personal, belong to the Warrior himself. These songs were prepared by the Warrior and sung before going to battle. This would ensure that if he were to die in battle, then he would be prepared for the afterlife.
In modern times, my people, the Oglala Lakota, still perform the same sacred song during special ceremonies and dances, such as the Pow Wow (Wacipi).
Yet, the modern Native American musician has entwined the old ways with the new, through Native American Rap and Native American Rock, to name a few. Some Oglala Lakota musicians are even highlighting Native American issues through their lyrics. This unique combination of Lakota tradition, molded with modern day issues are clearly seen in the works of Tee Iron Cloud and Scatter Their Own.
Bands like these remind us that the Native American is still alive and a part of society in the 21st century. Even our traditions and languages have never been forgotten and are the basis of what it mean to be Lakota.
Once again, thank you my friends (KOLA) for being Part of this Legend.