Cha-das-ska-dum Wich-ta-lum was a spiritual elder of the Lummi Indian Nation. He was a big bear of a man with a great, loving heart, a teacher for many, and a bridge builder between cultures. He spent time with His Holiness the Dalai Lama of Tibet and was among a select group of spiritual leaders invited by the Pope to the Vatican to pray for peace in the new millennium. He was a wonderful storyteller and kept the legends of his people alive through his powerful voice and ready laughter. He was a carver of totem poles and canoes and a weaver of words of wisdom. He worked diligently in his life to preserve the sacred lands. His album, Native Healing, is the expression of his life work and is dedicated to healing. His music is also featured on Forest Rain, Arctic Refuge: A Gathering of Tribes and Sacred Earth.
Cha-das-ska-dum’s Dream about Chief Joseph in his own words:
“I am the great grandson of Chief Joseph. I come from Lummi. The other night, my great grandfather came to me in a vision. He took me on a horse out through the mountain range, and he talked to me as we were traveling in this vision. When we got to his tipi, we got off the horse and we entered. We sat down and we had some cooked rabbit together. When he finished eating, he reached over and he told me “Grandson, every illness known to man comes from the neck up. You either think it or you eat it. Every disease no matter what it is. If it is a venereal disease, if you would have used your head you wouldn’t have got it. Whatever kind of disease known to man comes from here up. For every disease there is a plant out here in the forest that will heal it.”
He started taking me around and showing me the medicine plants and how to use them, how much to use according to your weight. As he was talking to me about my weight, he called it ‘winter storage’. “In order to get the illness out of your body, you have to get rid of your winter storage. The winter storage that you are packing makes a place for the enemies to hide. When your warriors go down to get rid of them, the enemies go and hide in your winter storage and your warriors can’t find them to heal. While they are in that winter storage, they don’t hibernate like a bear, they multiply. In order to get rid of the illness out of your body, you have to get rid of your winter storage first so there is no place for the enemy to hide.”