Native American Prayer
Standing Bear, aka William S. Kimmy, Delaware and Iroquois, was a very close friend.
We would often just sit and chat in his San Fernando Valley trading post while he worked on different crafts.
Standing Bear would offer this prayer at the opening of the annual Hart of the West Powwow in Newhall, California of which he was one of the founders. The site is the former home of silent film star William S. Hart.
Standing Bear was born in 1926, and appeared in his first wild-west show in 1934.
He later became a motion picture consultant. He rode with the Gene Autry Spirit Riders of the West until he had a heart attack in 1995.
Throughout the years he was active in scouting, lecturing and demonstrating Native American customs arts and crafts until his passing in 2006.
(All My Relations)
Whenever we pray we always pray, “Mitakuye Oyasin,: for all our relations.
We pray for all the two leggeds,
all of the black people,
all of the yellow people,
all of the white people and all of the red people.
We pray for the four
leggeds, the wingeds,
the creepy crawlers.
We pray for all our relations.
— Lakota prayer