Phillip Whiteman Jr.
ANNOUNCES the Release of his Introductory DVD “the Medicine Wheel Model to Natural Horsemanship”
December 3, 2007
The first in a series of DVD's using the Native American Medicine Wheel as a guide to working with and training horses will be released December 7, 2007. This introduction developed by Phillip Whiteman Jr.(Northern Cheyenne), a Nationally Renowned Horseman, Cultural Consultant, and International Performing Artist of Lame Deer Montana, focuses primarily on the philosophy of the model, working with the mind and spirit of the horse. He also demonstrates the model with his horse “Sioux Boy”. Phillip comments “It is much more than working with horses….it is a simple philosophy for life and shows the connection between man, animal and all living things”.
This is what others have to say about the DVD:
I am not a horse person but this DVD gave me ideas that I have found useful in all areas of my life from personal relationships to running my business. ~ Bob Titley, Entertainment Manager (Brooks & Dunn, Kathy Mattea) of Nashville Tennessee.
Being born deaf, having no natural and native connection to spoken or written language, I felt connected to Phillip and the Medicine Wheel Model because it represents the true and natural language, that of life and all living things ~ Barry Sewell, Cochise Arizona
Mitakuye oyasin is Lakota for “we are all connected or related”. Phillip's Medicine Wheel Model is grounded in this philosophy, teaching a way of life. As our world is becoming more global, all of us as human beings are challenged with opening our minds and hearts to think differently - circular and in unity. Phillip demonstrates that the spirit of sunka wakan (the sacred horse) teaches us to be better human beings. ~ Lori Lea Pourier (Oglala Lakota), President First Peoples Fund.
This DVD is approximately 45 minutes of educational and uplifting information and complements any level of horsemanship. It is also a great Christmas gift idea for those that don't even own a horse.
The cost of the DVD is $29.95 plus $3.00 shipping and handling. You can order your copy of the DVD by sending a check or money order to: Phillip Whiteman Jr. the Medicine Wheel Model Introductory DVD, PO Box 1138, Lame Deer, Mt. 59043 or call (406)477-8720.
Medicine Wheel Model, a Native American Approach to Working with
By Lynette Two Bulls
Mont.-With methods as old as time, he talks with horses, without
saying a word he communicates with their spirit.
Jr. a Northern Cheyenne Indian from Lame Deer, Montana comes from
a strong traditional and spiritual background.
As well as
a National Presenter, Performer and Traditional Storyteller, he
is an Indian World Champion and PRCA Saddle Bronc Rider, and renowned
horseman. His father, grandfather, and ancestors have all been horsemen
and have passed down to him knowledge of horses.
strong understanding of his culture and traditions, his connection
to horses, and his gift of communicating with people, he developed
the “Medicine Wheel Model to Natural Horsemanship”,
a Native American approach to working with and training horses.
Long before the horse whisperers of today, Plains Indians have long
been known for their master horsemanship abilities.
Wheel Model is simplistic, it is based on the premise that everything
is part of a circle; within that circle all things are equal, including
horse and human. This is why Whiteman does not believe in the prey
and predator approach to working with horses. He teaches that everything
is one, everything has a spirit, even horses and you must interact
with their spirit in a non-threatening and non-confrontational manner.
Whiteman, The Medicine Wheel teaches us that within the circle there
are four quadrants which represent the four directions, the four
seasons, the four colors of men, the animals that come from the
land, water, sky and below the earth, and the four stages of life
we go through. Whiteman believes the horse too, has four dimensions.
people that understand horses believe that horses have an off side”
Whiteman states, “but I don’t believe this, I believe
that horses have four sides to them.”
Whiteman the four sides include the child side, the adolescent,
the adult, and the grandparent side. Within each of these sides
come behaviors that the horse displays depending on which side you
are working with. The horse has a center, which creates balance
and represents the center of the Medicine Wheel.
teaches us that we have to dominate, and overpower the horse to
teach it,” Phillip states ”but my traditions and culture,
and my understanding of the horse teach me that by working with
the horse’s spirit, and believing that we are one, the horse
will do what I ask of it”. According to Whiteman, horses are
a mirror to us how we work with them, is how they will work with
us. If we are stressed, tense and confrontational that is what our
horse will mirror back at us.
have a lot to learn from nature, and animals. Horses have super
senses and extraordinary powers, with the Medicine Wheel approach
you are exposed to unlimited interaction and understanding of the
horse” Whiteman states, and this is why he uses the mirror
reflection and does not use the prey and predator approach. “Such
approaches of inferiority and superiority can damage the spirits
of horses and people”. Consistency and patience are key when
working with horses. This is what the Medicine Wheel Model to Natural
Horsemanship is all about, according to Whiteman.
throughout the country holding clinics teaching the Medicine Wheel
Model. He gives private lessons and trains a limited number of outside
horses. He also holds Medicine Wheel Model camps in the summer in
Lame Deer, which are more in-depth.
camp participants to significant cultural sites where they can visibly
see proof of the Medicine Wheel. At the camps he shares what he
is allowed to of his culture so that participants can gain a better
understanding of the Medicine Wheel Model.
are invited to share their horsemanship skills and knowledge. Camp
participants are given the opportunity to stay in tepees on site;
the evenings are filled with trail rides in the beautiful hills
of Lame Deer, guitar picking, Indian and Cowboy stories and games.
According to Whiteman, horses have the power to heal and at the
Medicine Wheel Model to Natural Horsemanship Camp you can learn
more about the healing powers of the horse and how it helped Native
Americans. The dates for this years camps are June 11-12, June 18-19,
July 16-17 and September 17-18, 2005. For more information you can
call (406)477-8720 or write PO Box 1138 Lame Deer, MT. 59043, e-mail
Phillip Whiteman Jr.’s new CD “Spirit
Seeker” to be featured on
Native America Calling: Music Maker, Friday May 13, 2005
Renowned horseman, Champion Saddle Bronco Rider
& Grass Dancer, National Presenter & Traditional Storyteller
Phillip Whiteman, Jr. Northern Cheyenne from Lame Deer, Montana
releases CD “Spirit Seeker”, Stories & Songs for
the Spirit which is to be featured on National Public Radio, Native
America Calling: Music Maker, Friday May 13, 2005 at 11:00 am to
12:00 pm. Whiteman’s CD is only one of twelve selected to
be featured annually on the National Radio Call in Show. The momentum
of the CD is gaining national attention. This inspiring CD is a
compilation of traditional stories and Songs. They are stories and
songs of life and mother earth, designed to teach us life lessons
and to provoke thought and imagination. The stories carry powerful
messages that are still relevant today and apply to all people.
The title of the CD Votoestatane – Spirit
Seeker was selected because of the strong meaning “We are
all connected and on a journey; we are all pathfinders and spirit
seekers”. The CD was inspired by his parents Phillip Whiteman,
Sr., a Northern Cheyenne Chief of the Council of 44 and his late
mother, Florence Whiteman who was the last original Cheyenne Warrior
Woman of the Elk Scraper Warrior Society.
The interview can be heard by logging on to website
www.nativeamericacalling.com, you can participate in the show by
calling 1-800-996-2848 (1-800-99NATIVE) or for more information
contact Lynette M. Two Bulls at (406)477-8720, email firstname.lastname@example.org.