Renowned horse trainer coming to White Swan for a two day horse medicine camp

Renowned horse trainer coming to White Swan for a two day horse medicine camp

A Montana champion rider and renowned Montana horse trainer will travel to the Yakama Reservation on Monday and Tuesday to teach people about traditional horsemanship and culture.

Phillip Whiteman Jr. or Lame Deer, whose Indian name is Heove ve ‘keso (Yellowbird), is described by some as the horse whisperer. He lives on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation, where he is a hereditary chief, and travels the United States teaching traditional horsemanship with his medicine wheel model to natural riding. He is also a motivational speaker who hopes to inspire Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth.

Whiteman will speak at the White Swan Community Center from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday for an equestrian medicine camp (Kusi). The training is free and open to the public. The community center at 70 Rodeo Drive is near the White Swan Rodeo Grounds, off Fort Road east of White Swan.

Whiteman is in the Pendleton Round-Up, which ends Saturday. Eldon and Melissa Brown arranged for Whiteman to speak in White Swan. Eldon Brown with Whiteman at a rodeo in Montana; his son rode brown saddle horses.

“He likes to talk to young people about traditional backgrounds, trying to get them away from drugs, alcohol and gangs,” said Eldon Brown. “He also speaks to a lot of adults, people who have gone through trauma.”

His medicine wheel model isn’t just for horses, Whiteman said. “It’s about reconnecting body, mind, and spirit within ourselves,” he said.

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