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Wakinyan Dawn

Sheridan Lake
The Black Hills
South Dakota

Wakinyan - the Thunderer, the one who is the voice of God. The combination of two words WAKAN and EYA. HOLY and HE SPEAKS. He is the voice, the messenger, the teacher, the judge of the people. When he speaks there must a listening and a full obedience.
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It is said that the Black Hills is the home of Wakinyan, the Thunderbeing whose belly rumbles and whose eyes flash with such ferocity that an adult can be killed, a tree can be split and a large area of forest can be ravaged by fire in an instant. Wakinyan resides at the granite core of the Hills,
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I found the early morning the time it was easiest to separate myself from the modern tourist oriented clutter of the Hills and get at the region's natural beauty. I started my morning at Sheridan Lake. My dawn accompanied by an early morning storm rolling overhead and a single heron enjoying the lake with me (he's in the workshop).

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