Elk Bear (Hehakapa Mahto, Delwin Fiddler)
Delwin Elk Bear Fiddler, is an enrolled member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, Sans Arc band, and a world renowned Native American performing Artist. Delwin's accolades include performing for two US Presidents and the Royal Family in England. He was also a champion Grass and Hoop dancer on the pow-wow circut. His traditional Grass Dance is displayed in a continual loop at the Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C.
Delwin’s Lakota name is Hehakapa Mahto (Elk Bear). He is third generation grandson of the Elk Head Red Hair (Hehakapa Pahinsa) who was the historical Keeper of the White Buffalo Calf Pipe. Delwin is an advocate for all Native people and works with many tribal nations and government entities to solution ways to improve the way of life Native Indian people across Turtle Island.
Aside from performing, Delwin's work involves a commitment to protecting and defending Mother Earth. He spent six months on the Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota during the protest of the DAPL being forced upon sacred land. During that time, he connected and prayed with people from all over the world.
Delwin created PAZA, Tree of life to fulfill his mother's dream of returning the people to the knowledge and traditions of their culture. PAZA's goal is to promote cultural awareness with cultural exchange so that all people might learn the medicine ways of his ancestors who have walked the earth for thousands of years.
While it is impossible to change the route of colonization imposed on Native peoples of Turtle Island, Delwin believes that through apology, reconciliation and validation, healing can occur. Like his ancestor, Crazy Horse, he sees the future with all people working together in harmony for the greater good of humankind.