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.
Song by Mr. Conrad Fisher. English Interpretation: “Woman who comes to offer prayer, the direction you took was a difficult path, now you are showing who you are.”
Mr. Conrad Fisher is the original composer and singer of the Cheyenne Women’s Warrior Song. Conrad is from the Ovemana, the Scabby band of So’taahe on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation, located in southeastern Montana. His Cheyenne name is “Amesto’eeseo’o”, interpreted in English as “Travois”. He is named after Higgins Biglefthand, a Northern Cheyenne who lived in a log cabin along Kirby Creek, Montana.