Prayer Cloth Woman
The People Alike
Dr. Henrietta Mann, (Southern Cheyenne), has brilliantly and energetically bridged Western educational settings with traditional, spiritual ways of being. She extends the roots of who she is and where she comes from no matter where she is in the world, creating a loving and encouraging space of strength for people around her. Henri points out, in her reflection on elders’ Spirit Aligned Leadership: “we still possess our abilities to lead, to love humankind, to yet carry out our peoples’ wealth of traditional knowledge, to have a respect for all life, to maintain a compassionate view of the world, and to be concerned about the desecration of Mother Earth, all of which did not stop at the door to the spare bedroom or forgotten wings of the assisted care facility.” Dr. Henri relates to White Buffalo Woman and is strong in Sun Dance—she served as the spiritual compass during the formation of NMAI, as she did as a professor in Montana and centering work in the academy, in government, in tribal affairs. She views her legacy as a giveaway to the next generation.
Henrietta Mann Interview
If these two women had not survived, and had the brave hearts that they do, I might not have been here.
Dr. Henrietta Mann relates Cheyenne history through her family, including her two great grandmothers who survived the massacres at Sand Creek and along the Washita River. Through this intimate telling of history, we gain an understanding of lived experiences that created the strong woman that Henrietta is. Dr. Mann describes the “four stops in life” that we make and reflects on her personal experiences through these stages and where she is now as an elder.
Winter counts are pictorial calendars or histories in which tribal records and events were recorded by Native Americans in North America.