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David Swallow Jr: People Connected Through Spirit and Sacred Places


David Swallow speaks of a new era, following spiritual leaders and Crazy Horse’s vision into sacred places. In the spirit world we are connected, the fire that generates life without end.

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The Prophecies of Crazy Horse: Return of the Ancestors

David Swallow Jr. advocates learning from Crazy Horse’s vision. As it was recorded, after a large flash lights the sky, charcoal and ashes fall to cover the Earth, and new grass will grow and the waters clear, and God’s children will play together. We must follow the spiritual leaders into the sacred places for guidance, to experience a land without modern-day technological and economic illusion. In the spirit world we are all connected, the fire that generates life without end. That is the future he sees following this trying period before 2012.

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Lakota Spiritual Leader David Swallow Jr. speaks of the prophecies of Crazy Horse, how to prepare for the coming changes, and being connected.

David Swallow, Jr., born and raised near Wounded Knee, SD on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, belongs to the Teton Lakota Nation, the band of Crazy Horse. He learned the ancient Lakota ways from his Grandparents, and is recognized by his people on and off the reservation as a Spiritual Leader and Sundance intercessor. He travels to teach about the sacredness of Mother Earth and to bring about awareness of the situation of his people back on the reservation.

David is fluent in his language, history, and of the treaties, made and broken with the U.S. government. Living a life in exile on reservations places an impact on ceremonial responsibilities that do not have a place in modern political systems. In the Lakota way of living, ceremony and ritual is performed as a condition of living in a place. Their culture, which is a critical element for their survival as a people, is in great jeopardy of being lost completely. When people are placed in the reservation systems, they are thrust into a barren place where they have to abandon former knowledge of this world. Through Lakota ceremony one learns of the stewardship and not ownership of the land, he learns humility and faith and comprehends the transcendent nature of reality and is initiated into the mysteries of the higher world. Dave speaks on the power of these traditional ceremonies and the importance of honoring these ceremonies in the way they were given by the spirit world.

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Crazy Horse (1849-1877)

Crazy Horse, or Tashunca Uitco, was a visionary leader committed to preserving traditions and values of the Lakota way of life. He stole horses from the Apsaalooke-Crow people before age thirteen, and led his first war party before turning twenty.

Crazy Horse fought in the 1865-68 war led by the Oglala chief Red Cloud against European-American settlers in Wyoming, and played a key role in destroying William J. Fetterman’s brigade at Fort Phil Kearny in 1867. Crazy Horse refused to allow any photographs to be taken of him, and fought to prevent US encroachment on Lakota lands following the Fort Laramie Treaty of 1868, helping to attack a surveying party sent into the Black Hills by General George Armstrong Custer in 1873.

When the War Department ordered all Lakota bands onto their reservations in 1876, Crazy Horse became a leader of the resistance. Closely allied to the Cheyenne through his first marriage to a Cheyenne woman, he gathered a force of 1,200 Oglala and Cheyenne at his village and turned back General George Crook on June 17, 1876, as Crook tried to advance up Rosebud Creek toward Sitting Bull’s encampment on the Little Bighorn. After this victory, Crazy Horse joined forces with Sitting Bull and on June 25 led his band in the counterattack that destroyed Custer’s Seventh Cavalry, flanking the Americans from the north and west as Hunkpapa warriors led by chief Gall charged from the south and east.

Following the Lakota victory at the Little Bighorn, Sitting Bull and Gall retreated to Canada, but Crazy Horse remained to battle General Nelson Miles as he pursued the Lakota and their allies relentlessly throughout the winter of 1876-77. Constant military harassment and the decline of the buffalo forced Crazy Horse to surrender on May 6, 1877. Even in defeat, Crazy Horse remained an independent spirit, and in September 1877, when he left the reservation without authorization, to take his sick wife to her parents, General Crook ordered him arrested, fearing that he was plotting a return to battle. In resisting his arrest, soldiers stabbed Crazy Horse with a bayonet.

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Updated 20 February 2021

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  1. Dave it is the old man John Roos. I haven’t talked to you in a long while. I have a bunch of questions as you know I won’t come back to the rez as there is a family you know that would try to take me out. I have heard many disconcerting things that are going on , at the rez. Maybe gossip maybe not. ZI hear some people on the rez are charging for sweats, and to participate in sun dance, I remember you telling me that tunkasila is not for sale as no one owns god so how can we sell him. I would deeply appreciate you clearing this up for me. still praying and hope your doing well your old friend and gate guard (1997) sundance John Roos

    • Hey John,
      Thanks for commenting. As we don’t have direct communication with David Swallow Jr, only published his talk, we don’t expect a direct answer. But you make a worthy point.

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    ? Truthfulness
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  4. Ron Toahani Jackson

    The photo shown is not of Crazy Horse who would not let any photo be taken of him, It is of American Horse, another Lakota Chief

  5. F. P. Favel

    Hello: Good talks by this fellow D. Swallow, really appreciate his sharing. The photo above is not of Crazy Horse, it is of Little Big Man, one time friend of Crazy Horse. Thank you.

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