The Spirit in the Sky

Red Shouldered Hawk © 2010 by Michael Pancier Photography

"It is the general belief of the Indians that after a man dies his spirit is somewhere on the earth or in the sky, we do not know exactly where, but we are sure that his spirit still lives. . . . So it is with WakanTanka. We believe that he is everywhere, yet he is to us as the spirits of our friends, whose voices we can not hear."

-- Chased-by-Bears, Santee-Yanktonai Sioux