If you are interested in Lakota history, you have very likely met or spoke to Jack Meister. He has been a great friend to us all. I am sorry to note that after a long illness, he passed away on July 14, 2014.
When I was working on the Sitting Bull Surrender Census, I would receive regular phone calls from Jack, asking questions and passing along information that he had learned from his many phone calls to Lakota elders. He constantly encouraged me to finish the manuscript and to think about what was next.
Post by kingsleybray on Aug 21, 2014 4:08:11 GMT -5
Jack called me one night in 2001 and spoke for about an hour flat long distance. That was my introduction to his passion for Lakota history. Over the past thirteen years he has never stopped calling me, calling Lakota people to follow up leads and inquries, encouraging me in my work and helping me focus ideas. He played a big part in enabling my trip out west last year.
We had a little joke. I once said after one of my trips to France that I had had a great moment of insight "in the garden". After I'd get back he'd call and ask me what had happened this time in the garden? It's a great sadness to know there will be no more calls - and I had a humdinger of an insight out there in the garden, this trip, Jack! I told it you out loud standing right there - in spirit, Kingsley.
Post by emilylevine on Sept 11, 2014 21:34:30 GMT -5
This is indeed sad news. I had not heard from Jack in some time---and wondered if this was why. As another person who was the recipient of Jack's phone calls--every Thursday---I can say that he was always encouraging for my own work and always hunting down some thread of Lakota history to satisfy his curiosity and passion. He is missed. Like Kingsley wrote, it is sad to know that there will be no more calls.