It is with deep sadness today that we learned about the sudden passing of our friend and Mitakuye collaborator Joe Her Many Horses.
Joe wasn’t just a dad taking his kids to classes. He wasn’t just a coach bringing students to a learning experience. Joe was a member of the Mitakuye Family! Joe would trek students on the long journey from Oelrichs to Kyle or Pine Ridge or wherever we were holding class to bring the experience of art and creativity to young people. And Joe didn’t just bring kids to our classes – he jumped in and participated! Whether it was helping out on a film set, or being part of the student music video, or getting involved in art classes – Joe embodied the spirit of learning and creativity we work to share with all of our young artists!
As a dad – Joe was a role model. So proud and encouraging of his kids. He cherished all of their hard work and accomplishments. Our hearts and prayers g out to his wife Jennifer and his kids Baylie, Amelia, Wyatt, and Jackie. Our Hoye Wayelo programs will not be the same with out Joe there – but we will work hard to continue to make him proud. Safe journey to you Joe!