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Tony and Ken
"Sitting around the kitchen table, late at night on the Flathead rez. drinking coffee and talking with Tony, I decided to brave a question about something that I had been pondering for quite some time. So I did.
I asked him if he had let others study and measure his old flute. "No", he said. "I have been asked many times. Just you."
"Why me?", I had to ask. He lit another cigarette and replied.
Tony told me the story of a dream he had had. In the dream, he had lost his grandfather's flute. He was holed up on Rosebud with his Lakota relatives during a horrendous blizzard. He was devastated, crying because his flute was gone. The howl of the wind was suddenly broken by a loud banging on the cabin door. "Who could be out in this terrible storm?" With effort because the door was frozen shut, it was forced open. There stood a huge figure all white with snow and ice, covered entirely in a massive buffalo robe. They struggled to get this mysterious entity inside and close the door. As they all stood gaping, hands came out from the robe, holding Tony's lost flute. With the removal of the robe, they found a very large man with flaming red hair, freckles, and a bushy red beard. Irish?
He said that since the dream he had been keeping his eye out until he spotted me in a crowd of teachers at an Indian Education conference in Butte, Montana, Spring of 1984. I was amazed that he walked through all the people that were wanting his attention right up to me and said "Hi, I'm Tony Shearer, so nice to meet you!" The path "less travelled" had just appeared. 36 years later and it is still opening ahead of me. And best of all, there have been a host of beautiful people that have come along with me. His grandfather had told him this would happen.
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