It was when David Nighteagle
arrived a day or two before the Men's Conclave.
was eager to see the new Hall.
As we walked over to admire it, Sundance was all over him, nuzzling him like a long-lost friend.
We texted photos of the two of them to David
's wife Sherry, and she
asked if David could bring Sundance back to join their pack.
Somehow, their small Colorado ranch at the foothills of Mesa Verde, home to two dogs, two leopard-cats, one regular outdoor cat, and flock of wild doves, still had room for one more.
It was emotional for us all but we knew she
could not safely stay at the Institute.
van, invited Sundance to join him and off they went.
We wondered how would she
fit into David
and Sherry's life?
About David Nighteagle
Best known as an native flute maker and performer, David
is also an exceptional storyteller who was strongly influenced by his
Lakota Sioux grandfather.
has devoted himself to inspiring and educating children using flute music and stories as a catalyst .
has been associated with the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center
for more than 16 years.
educates children and adults through his
performances and through his
delivery of oral histories of the traditional Indian flute.
Anyone can join in and play drums and other native instruments with David
in an impromptu jam session.
"The best part about working with people visiting Crow Canyon is seeing the light come to their eyes as they learn and experience the music and the storytelling," said David
"The Crow Canyon family is my family and I am proud to be a part of the mission of the organization.
Over the years, David
has reached thousands of students and has returned thousands of dollars worth of professional fees to Crow Canyon in the support of the Center's Native American scholarship program.
David has been an invited performer at Disney World, Grand Canyon and Mesa Verde National Parks, Crow Canyon Archeological Center, and for the Sierra Club at Hovenweep National Monument.
was a guest performer for both former first ladies Hillary Rodham Clinton and Laura Bush.
He was also a featured artist at the Salt Lake 2002 Winter Olympics.