We are pleased to present the following Lakota ceremonial recordings by David Swallow, Jr.
David is a Teton Lakota wicasa wakan who was born and raised on the Pine
Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. Wicasa wakan means "holy man" or as some would say,
"medicine man". David Swallow's recordings are available for purchase from our main
Matoska Trading Company, Inc. web site. The "purchase" links will take you to
the appropriate page where you can listen to audio samples and complete your selection.
"These songs are all prayer songs... you could sing these songs if you need prayers, or if you're down... or things bother you and things don't go your way. You could sing these songs... these sacred prayer songs... in the morning, or in the noon time, or in the evening, or at midnight... these four times are the most sacred times. If you sing from the heart, then Tunkasila will hear you and will help you."
David Swallow Jr. is a Lakota spiritual leader in the Porcupine District of the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. On this recording he presents a series of prayer songs that can be used by anyone. They're sung in Lakota and David explains them in English. They are not always directly translated but explained more like a story. While listening to this CD, we felt we were having a personal lesson with David. A very good CD that helps you understand the Lakota way of seeing things.
There are eight songs on the CD. The first eight tracks are the songs with David's explanations. The next eight tracks are the songs played without commentary. Includes a booklet with the Lakota words and English meanings for the songs.
Total Running Time: 66.54:31 minutes
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Song 1 ~ Prayer Song #1
Song 2 ~ Coyote Song
Song 3 ~ Prayer Song #2
Song 4 ~ Hanblecya Song
Song 5 ~ Prayer Song #3
Song 6 ~ Red Road Song
Song 7 ~ Grandmother / Grandfather Song
Song 8 ~ Prayer Song #4
Inipi (sweat lodge) is an ancient ceremony used for purification and healing. Participants crawl into a small lodge and hot rocks are placed into a pit in the center. Water is sprinkled on the rocks, instantly turning into steam. Songs are sung and prayers are made to the Creator.
David Swallow Jr. is a Lakota spiritual leader in the Porcupine District of the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. On this recording, he sings songs from rounds 1 through 4 of the Inipi ceremony with Nyla Helper. The songs are sung in Lakota and the CD includes an 8 page booklet with English translations. Note that there are introductions to the songs in English.
Total Running Time: 57:31 minutes
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Song 1 ~ Common Man Offering Canunpa Song
Song 2 ~ Tate Tope Olowan
Song 3 ~ Prayer Song
Song 4 ~ Canunpa Olowan
Song 5 ~ Forgiveness
Song 6 ~ Spirit Dancing Song
Song 7 ~ Wocekiya Olowan
Song 8 ~ Prayer Song
Song 9 ~ Prayer Song
Song 10 ~ Sun Dance Song
Song 11 ~ Creator Song
Song 12 ~ Healing Song
Song 13 ~ Wopila Song
Song 14 ~ Wopila Song
Song 15 ~ Song to the Grandfathers (Stone People)
Song 16 ~ Exit Song
The CD includes an 8-page booklet with the Lakota words to the songs and the English translations. Translations to other languages are below. Please note that that these translations have been contributed by various individuals and there may be other ways to convey meanings. As we are not fluent in any of these languages, we are accepting them as provided to us. If you feel there are mistakes or if you have improvements, please do submit them to us for consideration. Additionally, if you are capable of providing translations to languages not listed here, we would be pleased to add them.