Dakota Spiritual Leader and Sundance Chief, Wanbdi Wakita, has spent a lifetime making prayers for people. From the humble beginnings of reserve life on Sioux Valley Dakota Nation, to eight years in residential school and six years in the Canadian Armed Forces as a Peacekeeper, Wanbdi has walked many paths. Eventually his journey led him to the work that was always waiting for him, a work given to him by Creator, that of a Wicasa Wakan or Holy Man.
With the gentle nudging of profound spiritual experiences & visions, Wanbdi Wakita surrendered into this role and since then has worked tirelessly to help people from all nations and all walks of life. His life is a testament to one’s ability to overcome tragic circumstances, heal and go on to fulfill one’s potential and purpose.
Wanbdi Wakita has devoted three decades to working with men in prison, he is a gifted counselor, captivating storyteller and presenter. Wanbdi is often described as gentle and soft spoken, a man of integrity and profound wisdom.
He possesses a rare breadth of traditional and culture knowledge which he combines with a message of healing and unity between all nations.
Wanbdi Wakita is Creator’s gift to a struggling people.
You can read more about Wanbdi at imarriedaholyman.com
Pahan Pte San Win is Lakota, Cree & Metis, with family roots that reach back to Wood Mountain in southern Saskatchewan. Her name means Grey Swan Buffalo Woman.
Over the past 25 years Pahan has immersed herself in teaching and healing. With formal training from the University of Calgary, Pahan has worked as a counseling therapist with hundreds who came seeking relief from pain and suffering. She is particularly proud of her work with Indian Residential School Survivors. Pahan is also a Pipe Carrier, Ceremonial Leader & Sundancer.
In her words, “I stand in witness to the resiliency of the human spirit and our immense capacity to heal. Life has been my greatest teacher. The spiritual growth that came to me through years spent in prayer and ceremony has allowed me the insight to understand those lessons.”
Recently Pahan has launched an exciting new career as a writer, motivational speaker and storyteller. These days she is working hard in her writer’s studio telling stories on her blog “IMarriedaHolyMan.com”. Or, on different day, she is inspiring youth through cultural teachings. And then, when the wind blows in just the right direction, she is touring a workshop titled Walking the Four Directions of Love.