Medicinal Opportunities of the Sioux American Indian Culture

Herbal & Cultural Restoration Initiative (est. 2021)

So That The People May Live : Héčhel Oyáte Kiŋ Nípi Kte

Traditional Lakȟota Spirituality & Medicine

Dr. Blackhorse (Watȟáŋka Šúŋkawakȟaŋsápa) [wɑ-txɑŋ'-kɑ ʃuŋ'-kɑ-wɑ-xɑŋ-sɑ'-pɑ] is an American Indian Pipe-carrier in the traditional spirituality of the Lakȟóta Sioux of South Dakota, United States of America. He has a Doctorate degree in Musical Arts from Texas Tech University and actively advocates for the LGBT+ community he is a part of.

As a Lakȟóta Pipe-carrier, he has spent years participating in ceremony and spiritual education with a desire to provide factual and honest information to the public. In 2021, the Medicinal Opportunities of the Sioux American Indian Culture initiative, or M.O.S.A.I.C., was launched as a platform that consolidates the research and knowledge of traditional spirituality. Dr. Blackhorse learned from prominent chiefs and holy-men, wičháša-wákȟ, like Albert White Hat Sr., Sičháŋǧu Lakhóta, among other spiritual leaders.

“Everything in Lakȟóta Spirituality is based in reality.”

-A. White Hat Sr.

Lakota Two-Spirit Flag | Designed by Dr. Blackhorse

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"So That The People May Live"

"Héčhel Oyáte Kiŋ Nípi Kte"


Dr. Blackhorse is available for community presentations about American Indian spirituality and current affairs. All presentations are individually tailored to your event.

Lakota Terms and Definitions

wíyukčaŋtȟáŋka (watȟáŋka: “Dr.” or “professor”): n. an expert and/or intellectual with an accredited doctorate degree (see: wówapi othéȟika: n. Ph.D, DMA, or equivelant degree at the highest level of global education) in any professional field or industry. see: waúŋspekhiye: n. academic instructor or teacher. see: waákisniya: n. medical doctor

wóolowaŋkáǧa n. music composer/songwriter

waŋblíyukčaŋ n. (i.e. “ivory tower”) golden eagle society of intellectuals. spiritual society within the Sundance ceremony and cultural family.

wíŋkte n. (i.e. “two-spirit”) a person who does not conform to traditional gender roles. in traditional times, the "two-spirit" term, at least in Lakota, specifically referenced men who acted like women (i.e. trans-women) and whom were traditionally honored for engaging both gender roles throughout the tribe. trans-men, women who acted like men, were also acknowledged, but the derogatory nature behind the nomenclature leads to contentious debate regarding its validity, use, and purpose (see: wiŋyáŋ bloká n. women who act like male animals). wíŋkte was used as a general insult for all LGBT+ individuals after western Christian colonization, forcing the community into hiding out of fear of death. in modern times the terms wíŋkte and "two-spirited" have become attributed to the larger LGBT+ community as a whole and is used to define all gender identities including Lesbian and Gay (these were considered contrary medicine in traditional spirituality). spiritual society within the Sundance ceremony and cultural family. read article

wičákte n. pronoun “they/them” ; another term in modern times to describe the LGBT+ community.

heyókȟa n. (i.e. “backwards clown”) society of contrary, or backwards acting, individuals who also engaged in humor. lesbian and gay men and woman were traditionally a part of this spiritual society within the Sundance ceremony and cultural family.