I am off tomorrow morning before the crack of dawn to go to South Dakota. There I will join my friend and one of my very favorite musicians, Giuseppe Festa of Lingalad (see my previous post about him here), and filmmakers Francesco and Massimo Piccioli. They are shooting a feature on Native America and the West for Sky TV, and they kindly have invited me to appear in the documentary as the "guide" for Giuseppe (who will be hosting the show) as we make a whirlwind tour of the Badlands, the Black Hills, and the Pine Ridge Reservation. We will get to visit the Crazy Horse Memorial and the scene of the Wounded Knee Massacre, among other places. Needless to say, I am thrilled at this opportunity to share the West in general and Native America in particular with an Italian audience, in a trip that I know will be profoundly meaningful and emotional for me, in the homeland of Red Cloud, Sitting Bull, Crazy Horse, Black Elk, and much of the modern American Indian Movement. I will be offline until Monday morning, and I plan to bring back many pictures to share.
A couple of quick notes before I go:
* Maria Lectrix has begun an unabridged reading of H.P. Lovecraft's The Dream Quest of Unknown Kadath.
* Night Shade Books is currently having a 50% off sale (with a minimum four-book purchase).
* Tom Burns of The Deadbolt has posted "Seven Things We Want from The Hobbit."
Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!
"Everything the Power of the World does is done in a circle. The sky is round, and I have heard that the earth is round like a ball, and so are all the stars. The wind, in its greatest power whirls. Birds make their nest in circles, for theirs is the same religion as ours. The sun comes forth and goes down again in a circle. The moon does the same and both are round. Even the seasons form a great circle in their changing, and always come back again to where they were. The life of a man is a circle from childhood to childhood, and so it is in everything where power moves. Our tepees were round like the nests of birds, and these were always set in a circle, the nation's hoop."
- Black Elk