In 2021, Global Peace Train is working with Dave Swallow to produce a short film he wrote to educate the world about Lakota Culture which is in danger of being lost.
David Swallow Jr. is a Teton Lakota living in Porcupine South Dakota on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. David and his Grandfathers are from the Band of Crazy Horse. He is known as a spiritual interpreter, Sundance Chief, and one of the Headsmen for the Lakota, Nakota, and Dakota Nations. He is one of the last fluent Lakota language speakers, both the old language and today’s Lakota language. On his father’s side, he descends from Chief Standing Buffalo and from his mother’s lineage Chief Red Shirt.
David’s Lakota name is Wowita Uha Muni, which translates as Walks With Pride. His wife, Nyla Helper’s Lakota name is Mato Wi which translates as Bear Woman. She crafts traditional Lakota medicine for the people.
The only income they have is Nyla’s beadwork and what other people offer to them. They receive NO help from the federal government, Bureau of Indian Affairs, or the Oglala Sioux tribe; NO food stamps, NO welfare assistance of any kind, but still they are keeping the Lakota ways alive.
“Our culture is slowly fading away. When the Lakota language is gone, so is our way of life too, and all our ceremonies.” ~David Swallow