Tekaronianeken, Jake Swamp Remembered

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Chief Swamp

Chief Jake Swamp, the author of Giving Thanks: A Native American Good Morning Message passed away yesterday. I met Chief Swamp fifteen years ago at a reading he did at Barnes & Noble near Lincoln Center. He was reading Giving Thanks to a packed storytime crowd of children and their parents. When the Chief recited his good morning message, everyone within earshot stopped in their tracks and listened. With his powerful voice and enormous presence, Chief Swamp had us all completely mesmerized.

The Chief will be missed, but his book will live on and honor his memory. Children will read Giving Thanks for years to come because its message of respect for nature and offering everyday thanks to the earth is timeless. It is a message that should act as a reminder to everyone never to take nature’s gifts for granted. This is a sad day. Our deepest condolences to his family and loved ones.

9 thoughts on “Tekaronianeken, Jake Swamp Remembered”

  1. A very giving man. Giving Thanks will indeed carry on his legacy. I wonderful orator with an honorable cause. He surely will be missed by all that knew him.

  2. Sorry to hear of Jake’s passing at such a young age. Did you know, Cherokees don’t have a word for good-bye…my Dad never in his life said bye to me though I had to leave him often. We’d hug but then, no words. I know of a traditional Cherokee saying for times like these: “Peace to his ashes; sorrow for his going.” Jake’s book brought joy to so many. I will continue to share it at many of my storytelling programs.

  3. I received a copy of Giving Thanks in the mail yesterday. Thank you for sending it! We are enjoying it very much at home and in my library, where the children made thanksgiving books after I followed your links to teacher support materials and learned how to teach them to make acordian books.

    I plan to blog about the book. I would love to be able to link to audio of Chief Jake Swamp reading the text in his original language. Is there such a file accessible online? If so please let me know! Thanks again!

  4. Andromeda, I did a couple searches on youtube and did find a couple videos of Chief Swamp, but none of them featured him reading the good morning message. We look forward to your blog review and thanks for taking the time to write.

  5. I am wanting to find a video copy of the good morning message from Chief Swamp. Do you know where I can find it? Thanks!!! Kira

  6. Kira, I’m not sure if a video of Chief Swamp giving the good morning message exists. If anyone finds one, please paste a link here. I do know that Weston Woods still carries an audio version on CD of Chief Swamp giving the good morning message. You can find it here: http://tinyurl.com/kvtggwx

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