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Released on February 02, 2011

Sovereign Man

Sovereign Man
by Wanbli WiWoope

CD Title: Sovereign Man
Artist: Wanbli WiWoope
Producer: OyateUnderground/OcetiSakowin.Org

(58 Minutes)
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Authentic Siyotanka Music (Native American Flute) by The Master of Lakota Siyotanka, Wanbli WiWoope. Wanbli WiWoope is an “Elk Dreamer”, and Keeper of the Knowledge of The Real Sound of the Native American Flute.

Liner Notes:

The Siyotanka has a Relative. That Relative is Wanbli WiWoope, which translates to “Sun Law Eagle”, or “Defender Eagle”.
Wanbli WiWoope grew up on the streets of Rapid City, an illegal squatter town built in the Sacred Homeland of the Lakota Nation.
Growing up amidst what was commonly called “The Feud”, Wanbli WiWoope was caught between two worlds: the wasicu world of academia, where he excelled and blossomed, and the world of the reality around him, where he was looked down upon for who he and his Family were.
Wanbli WiWoope saw the utter disrespect afforded the Indigenous Male. He was told constantly in school to eschew his kin, and to grab hold of the American Dream.
Through a series of events, Wanbli WiWoope chose instead to follow his older brother, Warren Rich, and the two became very close, almost as if they melded into one person. He learned to be strong, to be swift, and to be loyal.
The Youths ultimately became entangled in the system of incarceration perpetuated by the Invader/Occupier. The Youths grew into Men, and the violence continued and escalated. Knowing something was amiss and unable to articulate what, these Men learned to lash out upon others of their kind. A tragic spiral of lateral violence continued unabated until they were all again incarcerated by the illegal squatter government.
Wanbli WiWoope went to prison for 1st Degree Manslaughter in 1986.
In the subsequent years, Wanbli WiWoope has seen those closest to him as a Youth perish. Most escaped their oppression via suicide. None lashed out at the Invader/Occupier in the terrible ways other oppressed Nations do. None went amongst the Invader and exploded. None took the Occupier with them to their death.
Instead, being from a Beautiful People not familiar with domestication, a People not wishing to inflict damage upon their tormenters; not wishing anything from their tormenters but for the torment to cease, they imploded.
They imploded and they continue to implode. The Invasion/Occupation continues unchecked, and the Lakota Nation, especially the Lakota Male, remains pauperized.
Our Lives were stolen by the Occupier. Every thing the Invader has is stolen.
Inspired when he saw a Lakota Siyotanka fashioned from a gun barrel in a Sioux Falls, South Dakota museum, Wanbli WiWoope began crafting Siyotankas made from PVC, PolyVinyl Chloride. He did this as a form of resistance.
Wanbli WiWoope asks “haven’t you seen a bird’s home made from whatever the bird is able to glean from his or her surroundings? I have seen bird’s homes that use plastic grocery bags quite freely.”
He adds “What matters is not the choice of material, it is an authentic bird’s home because a bird built it. It is an authentic bird’s song because a bird sings it. It is an authentic bird’s life cause a Bird LIVES it!”
Through Lakol Wicohan, the Friendly Lifeways of the Lakota Nation, Wanbli WiWoope began to see. He began to Live. He began to understand the difference between his Nation and the Occupier. He committed himself to Sundance and Vision Quest, and now after completing 4 years of Sundancing and a 4 day Vision Quest, Wanbli WiWoope has made a true Relative with the Siyotanka, the Ancient Lakota Flute.
Wanbli WiWoope has learned directly from the Winged and Four Legged just how to play the Siyotanka, how to regain Lakota Masculinity, and how to Heal.
This album is a compilation of tracks gleaned during years of Learning with the Siyotanka. They may be imperfect, and may well be “unprofessional” in their presentation, but they are Truly a Lakota National Treasure. These Songs are a reminder of what once was, and a glimpse of that to come. These Songs are an Insight into the World of the Native American Flute, through the Eyes of an Authentic Lakota Wicasa (Lawfully Lakota Man), Wanbli WiWoope.
The Leaf Does Not Choose Its Root.

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