Oglala Lakota artists pen song honoring 'Horse Nation'
Duo unveils piece set to release on Jan. 19
In a captivating fusion of visual and auditory artistry, Oglala Lakota artists from the Black Hills have unveiled a piece honoring the role horses played in Lakota culture.
Visual artist Sandy Swallow and songwriter Scott Simpson, both of Spearfish, have paired up to create “Running the Milky Way,” a collaborative song that delves into the bond between the Lakota people and the Horse Nation.
The song, set to release on Jan. 19, is an homage to the horse, making it a resonant piece for anyone who shares a deep appreciation for the majestic creatures.
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A master maker of hand-pulled block printmaking, infused with Native American symbolism, Swallow composes lyrics by exploring a spiritual connection to nature, family, and the profound interconnection with the Horse Nation.
Simpson, a versatile musician, serves as the composer, recording artist, and producer, weaving his musical finesse seamlessly with Swallow's artistic vision. "Running the Milky Way" reflects the heartbeat of the Lakota Horse Nation, emphasizing their roles as relatives in this life and beyond.
“Sandy’s been drawing from a deep creative well of Oglala Lakota heritage for many years now,” Simpson said. “It’s an honor to be invited to collaborate with her by translating this powerful vision into song.”
Swallow's sons, Clint and Matt Morgan, contributed to the song by speaking Lakota at the beginning of the piece, setting the stage for the immersive experience.