76: Dave and Sara Brave Heart - Humility and Compassion
Your responsibilities to others are more important than your own personal wants.
This week’s podcast features Dave and Sara Brave Heart. Daves childhood was not easy. His father suffered from alcoholism and Dave also found some solace in alcohol. Both he and his father were successful in coming to grips with their addiction, finding compassion and wisdom in their Native American roots. Despite quite different backgrounds, both David and Sara, his wife, found connections and similarities.
Dave leads the healing Annual Mahkato Pow Wow , the Dakota Wokiksuye Makoce, or Land of Memories Park in Mankato, Minnesota. This was where the Dakota People held many gatherings before the execution of 38 warriors during the U.S. Dakota War of 1862. After that mass execution, the Dakota People moved out of the area and scattered to different parts of the country. This pow wow is an effort to bring them back to their homeland.
Dave was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as motor neurone disease, in September 2021. Both Sara and Dave’s openness and care for each other shines through in this podcast.
Dave’s speech is slurred from his ALS. He is still able to communicate well and his wisdom and humour are evident throughout. A GoFundMe for Dave can be found here to help make Dave and Sara's house more accessible.
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