Latest news will be at the top.
- We have to apologize to those of you who have contacted Chuck
over the past few months if he hasn't got back to you. He has
been ill and has been doing all he can to get well. I (Gloria)
came back from England in September (08) only to find him really
sick, so I got him to the doctor and we found out that as well
as his diabetes really being bad, he had an ulcer and he had
galls stones. Before anything else could be done his diabetes
had to be controlled and so he was put on insulin, that eventually
got him back on the right track again and so then the ulcer
had to be dealt with. A week before he had surgery for the gall
stones he pulled his back out and so was having difficulty getting
around. When he went for the operation to remove his gall bladder
we were really worried in case they hurt his back, but they
were very good and I think the morphine he was on helped his
back as well! He is now having treatment for his back. So two
and a half months after I got back his problems were all taken
care of, and all he had to do was take it easy and get well.
That is the joke of the century, Chuck taking it easy, that'll
be the day! But as long as he is healing well I can now stop
being a nurse and get on with dealing with the website!
big problem is that he hasn't been able to quarry, and so has
no stone available, not even for himself to use. He is hoping
to get down there to do some work around May, but until then
he has to just wait. Nico returned from Holland in September
to add to the filming for the next DVD but Chuck couldn't do
anything on that either. We were all so worried about him. I
did contact a lot of people worldwide and started off a prayer
circle, and I know that worked because you would never think
that 3 months ago he looked like he was at death's door. He
has regained some weight, has now been taken off the insulin
because after the surgery his blood sugars went way down and
are continuing to stay that way, his ulcer has gone and his
back is 80% better. So THANK YOU to everyone who joined in that
circle we both really appreciate you caring about him.
also thank everyone for their good wishes for his recovery in
now have to catch up on emails that were never answered and
DVD's that were never sent out, and we thank you for your patience.
If you haven't heard from us, but did send us an email for a
DVD. could you please email again as I probably missed you,
or it didn't get to us. Thanks
Dakota Reconcilliation Ride for the 38 + 2 came through
Pipestone on the 17th December. The community came together
with help from neighboring friends to give them a dinner, a
breakfast the following morning, and to take care of the horses
for the night, before they moved on again. Some stayed at the
Little Feather center for the night and others stayed at the
American Legion Hall. They were riding from the Lower Brule
Reservation in South Dakota to Mankato, Minnesota where they
would do ceremony to remember and honor the 38 Dakota
who were hung there in the biggest mass hanging in America's
history in 1862, and two other Dakota hung a couple of years
went to Mankato to meet up with them and participate in the
ceremonies on Christmas day and the 26th December.
can read more at Dakota
Ride did come through Pipestone again in 2009. We have been
asked by the leaders of the Ride to again work with them as
we did last year. They were impressed by the food the Pipestone
Dakota Community set up and the overnight stay for the Riders,
supporters and Horses that we organized.
the past few months filming has gone on at the
Center. Nico came over from the Netherlands
and filmed hours of footage of Chuck, this he
took back to Holland and he has edited this
footage into 3 DVD's, the first (which is actually
number 2 in the Wakan Sota
series) will be available in May 2008. It is
called 'Sacred Smoke; The Making
of the 'T' or Plains Pipe' and
it shows Chuck making a Pipe from start to finish,
including the stem. It
is a great educational tool for anyone wanting
to make their own pipe. Nico has done a wonderful
job on capturing every aspect of this process,
and Chuck did a marvelous job of presenting
it. We are at present taking orders for the
DVD's, the cost will be $20 each title plus
p&p. If you are interested in ordering a
copy please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
and we will put you on the list.
other DVD's will be:
Tracks; the History of Pipestone as told
by a Dakota Elder', (available
NOW - September 2009)
the Stone Sings; Quarrying the Sacred
both presented by Chuck
Voices; An Honoring of Extraordinary Native
Presented by Gloria
had hoped that these DVD's would be ready by
the end of the year, (2008) but due to Chuck's
illness they have had to be posponed. However
you can order a copy now if you like. Each of
the DVD's will run for approximately an hour,
they are for any age group and are able to be
played in most countries.
now have Gloria's
museum set up in the front of the Center, this
is to honor the achievements of Native American
women and it has been set up by Gloria with
help from Nico, Janine and Chuck. The grand
opening will be in May 2008.
at the back of the Center the photographic exhibit
of the 'Dakota Images 1862 - 1868'
is up and running, as well as the regular museum
being re-designed, do please stop by and see
all of the new things that have been added.
The Main exhibit of the redesigned Museum
Part of the Dakota Images exhibit
opening times during the summer months are going
10am - 6pm Monday thru Saturday, 1pm - 4 pm
it starts to become cold the hours will change
Friday - Sunday 12 - 4p.m.
you arrive out of those hours please check the
trailer next door.
Saturday at 11 a.m. we will be serving Indian
Tacos in the Center. The back room will be used
for the dining area until around 3 p.m. Ancient
Voices will still be fully open during this
4th 2007: Ever
since we had the 'Sacred
Circle of Life'
exhibit at the Center back in 1997 we have wanted
to show it again, however it was given to another
museum. During the past month we have been working
on a project to bring it back in a different
format. We have had help with this from Cindy
a visitor to this site who hails from Idaho.
She actually worked on putting many links onto
a webpage for us. Gloria has formatted the page
and you will find it here
(the page will open in a new window so that
you don't lose this page). We were extremely
pleased to get the permission from the Minnesota
Historical Society to use these photos as a
new exhibit here in the Ancient Tracks museum.
We hope that you would like to help us in this
project. Details are on the webpage. Thanks
20th 2007: Chuck met with the protesters
and explained the situation from the Quarriers
and Pipe makers point of view. He told them
the process of quarrying, and gave them information
about the false stone. They asked why this stone
can be sold under the Catlinite or Pipestone
name, however they still decided that Pipes
should not be sold even though Chuck had given
them information about only paying for the time
to quarry and make the pipe. It didn't seem
to penetrate. All of the info on this website
was given to them verbally yet it made no difference.
For some reason they still hold to the belief
that someone is making money on the stone. Also
at the meeting was Chuck's cousin Lee Taylor
who reiterated what Chuck was saying, and Superintendent
LaRock from the Monument. The meeting lasted
a few hours. Updates
will be put on here once we hear anything new.
5th 2007: The
site has been changed to this new design. Not
all pages have the full listing of links, this
page does as well as the site
map page that you could keep open while
you browse so that you can see what each page
is about. We decided to go with the four sacred
colors rather than stay with the usual pipestone/brown
color. We hope that you like it.
1st 2007: Bad news! The Pipestone Issue
has again been awakened by a few people and
the quarries and the Pipe are again in danger.
Those of us who have worked against the denigration
of the quarries, quarriers and crafts-people
are again having to fight to stop the lies from
being spread. Keep watching this page for more
to this we have decided to reinact the old website
that had a lot of information about the Pipestone
Issue and related subjects. Gloria is working
on it as we speak so please come back in a few
days and read up on the latest.
you are a quarrier or craftsperson please contact
us for further details about what you can do.
working on the updated website Gloria came across
a page she had written for our newsletter ten
years ago. We felt it was very pertinant to
this new Pipestone Issue. Please take a look
at it HERE
It will open in a new window.
27th 2007: After
discussions with Gloria we have decided to put
the Ancient Voices museum in the Center.
It will take up almost all of the front area.
Ancient Tracks will be in the back
of the Center. The virtual museum will still
be on the internet and will stay there. Our
building will still be called Little Feather
Center, but the Museums will have their own
names. Gloria is at present working on putting
the museums together from England, others will
be working on it with her and it will be set
up in September. Keep watching this space for
Thanks to those of you who have expressed their
good wishes for our return, both to this site
and to each other. We appreciate it.