When I was in Tri-Cities last week I was given this beautiful moccasins by Jim Sterling. They were given to his mother Bettty Sterling in 1967 by Cheif Yellowtail from Crow Indian Reservation in Hardin, Montana. Thomas Yellowtail (1903-1993) was a Medicine Man and Sun Dance chief of the Crow tribe for over thirty years prior to his death. His adult life was dedicated to the adherence to, and preservation of, the Sun Dance religion. It´s a great honour to receive such a heartf
I'm on the plane back to Norway, extremely tired and filled with impressions that will take a while to absorb. The last two weeks I have met so many beautiful people with an incredibly strong courage to face the future with new hopes and to show love. I am forever grateful and happy to know it is true when we say: " See you again!" instead of "Goodbye". My extended family has grown so much bigger during this two weeks and I am forever grateful. Ten years ago I got an email fr
6:00 am this morning and we are traveling back to Norway. I will miss this two gentle and kind men so deeply, my dear Wizard and Cowboy so full of wisdom and passion for life. It feels good to have you in my life and I cant wait to see you again! A huge thanks for making this adventure come true, and to your families for the hospitality and fun! Thank you so much Aaron and Rebecca for a lovely 7 1/2 hours ride from Spokane to Seattle in your amazing bus! You are the best!
It has been an unforgettable amazing night with the Spokane Indians! We were invited to their Pow wow ground for a traditional feast and to share music. We were told that they never before have welcomed someone outside their own tribe for something like this, and to be invited as white people is just beyond overwhelming. We had a great evening with good food, dance and music, and more frienships where made. Thank you for your great courage to share love! Photo by Benjamin Gra
This morning started with some nice horseback riding at Jay Coates daugther Aleecia´s farm. We walked into the forest with Spot, Gypsy and Artex! Spot and Gypsy are both Appaloosa, a horse breed from the first american nation. What a wonderful way to start a new day! Thank you Aleecia!
The first night in Spokane, we were invited to a Sweat Lodge Ceremony by a native ceremony master, a keeper of old stories, songs, and prayers called Tha Wiyunka Wakan (His Sacred Feathers). It was defenitly one of the most poweful things I have experienced til now, and even tho it was really hard and painful it was just beautiful, and I am so glad I managed to complete the whole ceremony. Thank you Tha Wiyunka Wakan for a trustful guiding of stories, songs and drumming, for
We had another great gathering of friends last night and I´m going to miss you all. Today we are heading for Spokane before we´ll travel back home to Norway. I really look forward to meet my friends in Spokane and get to know more of the Kalispel Indian Nation. Martin and Martine grabbing some moose burgers! Fred, Jørgen and I playing on our own beautiful stage built by Jay Coates. Jørgen and Paul sitting by the fire. Martin, me, Fred, Janice and Jørgen after a good evening.
Jørgen and I playing in the beautiful backyard of our dear friends Paul and Hania. This handcrafted elderberry Flute was made by Dave Clemens and has a wonderful soft and warm sound. It was given to us by the Nez Perce Indian Nation at Tamkaliks last year. (Photo by Benjamin Grant)
This day started with a wonderful breakfast at Sterlings Restaurant. A great gathering of hungry friends! Thank you Jim Sterling for supporting our upcoming concert at the Reach tonight! (Upper picture: Martin Gerschwitz, Jim Sterling, Nils Jørgen and I. Picture below: Hania, Paul, Robert, Martin, Tim,Terry, Michaela, Nils Jørgen, Dale and I.)
Beautiful things are happening in Pauls backyard. I´m grateful to meet so many nice people and I appreciate every minute of it. Some nights ago we had our first musical meeting with Fred Hill Sr. and tonight we met this wonderful man, Martin Gerschwitz who will do a split concert with us tomorrow night at Hanford Reach. Here he plays my ten stringed Hardanger fiddle, "Huldrefela".