Wo'kikso'ye!: Live and Remember. Reflections on Akicita Cik'ila, Little Soldier, Alex Lunderman (1929-2000)
Keywords:Lakota Sioux Tribe, Tribal Elder and Leader, Traditional ways of help and healing, Indigenous social work
It isn’t often that one gets to meet someone like Alex J. Lunderman, Sr. His Lakota name was Akicita Cik’ala (Little Soldier). The co-authors of this reflection worked closely with Alex over the years in different ways. Richard Voss, who is the speaker in this narrative, met Alex (Little Soldier) in his personal spiritual journey that eventually linked to his research interests in a number of collaborations with Alex (Little Soldier) and other Lakota Elders (Voss, R. W., Douville, V., Little Soldier, A., & White Hat, Sr., 1999a; Voss, Douville, Little Soldier, & Twiss, 1999b). Joel Ambelang followed this research closely and became interested in conducting his own study of Alex’s leadership style. Joel discussed this interest with Richard, who introduced him to Alex Lunderman whom he eventually interviewed, including excerpts in his dissertation: Zuya: A Journey of Understanding Lakota Leadership through the life of Little Soldier (Ambelang, 2003).
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