But the destiny of this little pup would change as he was destined to a greater calling, bring healing to those fighting the black snake, oil pipelines. Dollar, a chow and golden retriever mix, had given birth to a litter of 12 puppies and the puppies were brought to the Zero Tolerance Protest Camp in White Clay. One of the little sunkpala came and laid at feet of Chris Fire Thunder, an Oglala Lakota from the community of Porcupine. So the owner of the puppies, Lakota unci Wanda Siers, gave him the little guy. “He chose me,” Fire Thunder said. “He was the runt of the litter. That’s when I first met him. I didn’t know they were going to sacrifice him at the Sun Dance ceremony. My mom was going to throw him into the fire.” So that’s when the little sunkpala got his name, Wahanpi, which translates as soup.
Beautiful morning here at the spiritual camp, are protecter wahumpi(dog) loves it, we pray for all of you,and thanks for supporting us.....WopilaPosted by Chris Firethunder on Thursday, December 11, 2014
Wahanpi and his new master would stay at the Zero Tolerance Camp for another eight months and as Wahanpi grew so did Fire Thunder’s love for him. “When I first got him, he fit in my hand, Fire Thunder said. “We stayed in a tipi at the camp and he would lay next to me upside down on his back. His front paws were so big that when he ran he would trip over them, and would look at us embarrassed as if to say, ‘Did you see that?’” After the Zero Tolerance Camp, Fire Thunder took Wahanpi with him to the Rosebud Reservation’s Spirit Camp which was set up to prevent the proposed Keystone XL pipeline from passing through Rosebud land. There Wahanpi watched over the camp as well as two kittens, four chickens and even became father to his own daughter, Mato Sapa.
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