In their preface to "Lakota Belief and Ritual," the editors Raymond J. DeMallie and Elaine A. Jahner quote George Sword (1848-1910), the sponsor of James Riley Walker to become a Wasica Wakan initiate, "... the Gods of the Oglala would be more pleased if the holy men told us of them so that they might be kept in remembrance and all the world might know of them."
In Part II, Belief, is found Document 13, titled "The Secret Knowledge of Shamans. George Sword, Bad Wound, No Flesh, and Thomas Tyon (1855-1910), July 2-3, 1905 (Thomas Tyon, interpreter)." Document 13 begins with these words, "We will tell you of things that were known only to the shamans."
This book contains information on the shamans interpretation of Lakota words that are core to Lakota belief, "... Sword's accounts of the concepts of wakan, Wakan Tanka, and sicun; Finger's conception of Skan; ..."
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Anything that has a birth must have a death. The Wakȟáŋ has no birth and it has no death. The spirit, the ghost, and the familiar of man are not born with him, but are given to him at the time of his birth. They are Wakȟáŋ and therefore will never die. -- Finger (Napsúkaza)(1839-1916)(Wičháša Wakȟáŋ)
A conversation between James Riley Walker and Finger, March 25, 1914