Mark Wandering Medicine (Wandering Medicine) was born to George Elkshoulder Sr. and Eva Lame Bear on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation on October 8, 1947.
He spent his entire life in Birney. He married Ilo Hollowbreast Wandering Medicine and had eight Children: Mark, Craig (Janelle), Sam, Marquel (Denny), Michael (Challis), Lamar (Trina), Marcia (Reed), and Bessi (Ben).
Early in his adult life, he became involved with ceremonies, often participating yearly until he achieved the status of a Religious Leader. He also attained the position of Chief Headsman of the Cheyenne Dogmen Society. For many years, he instructed many young Cheyenne men in fasting at Bear Butte located near Sturgis, South Dakota and in Sun Dance Ceremonies in Oklahoma and Montana as well as in the Cheyenne Arrow Ceremony.
He became known for his knowledge of the Cheyenne Ceremonies, especially the ceremonial songs. He conducted Native American Church services and naming ceremonies.
His most recent achievement was participating in cultural preservation locally, nationally, and internationally. He became well respected through his spiritual endeavors, his teachings, and knowledge of Cheyenne ways and established many good relationships with people he came in contact with.
The old Cheyenne traditional funeral rites for Cheyenne Arrow Men will once again be performed. Flowers and other modern burial customs, other than food for the wake and last meal, are respectfully requested not to be brought and the family respectfully asks for your kind considerations and understandings in this regard.
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Sure going to miss your knowledge a your posts Mark, Maheo bless your children an grandchildren. Ha hou’
Sure going to miss your knowledge an your posts Mark, Maheo bless your children a grandchildren. Ha hou’
Glenn Littlebird Sr says
Going to miss his knowledge about our Cheyenne spiritual ceremonial teachings, my condolences and prayers are with the Elkshoulder Wandering Medicine family
Ann (Strange Owl) Knows His Gun says
Respect for the Tradition. RIP Sir Wandering
Medicine. I will miss his wise words. My Sincere Deepest Condolences & Prayers to the Children, Grandchildren and entire family.
James D. Jr. & Ann King says
Deepest condolences to Craig, Marcia, Marquel, LoMar and the rest of the family at this difficult time…. Prayers from Busby.
Gonna miss you big bro ….thanks for you adopting me as your Lil brother….awww my heart is broken you was a good road man also a good singer in NAC thanks for your teachings
Fred Taylor says
Strength, never falter..forwards..
Jerry Romannose says
Thanks for your spiritual words thru these networks of this new technology of communication. Thanks again
Amanda Freeland says
My condolences to the family. I had the privilege to meet Mark and visit with him a couple of years ago. Mark excepted me as his own after he found out about me and for that I will always cherish that in my heart . He would text and check on my daughter and I. He made sure that I called him dad. Thank you dad and tell mom about me. 💔
Windsong Martin says
We send our deepest heart felt regards to the family. We have great respect for Mark and his teachings. We will miss him and his wife. They were very kind people.
Shirley A Skinner says
Both Tom and I were shocked and saddened to read of Marks passing. He was a good man, always positive and always so kind and understanding. Our deepest and most heartfelt condolences and prayers to his family.
Eugene Blackbear, Jr says
Condolences to Elkshoulder family, we will miss his teachings, language, songs, and Cheyenne spiritual guidance & support!!
Colleen and Doug Hopkins says
Condolences and prayers to Marquel and her family. 🙏
Marshelle Lambert says
My sincere condolences to all of Marks children, family and community.
Trish WhiteBuffalo says
My sincerest condolences to the family. Prayers 🙏🏽
Patty Kay Brien says
Sending my heartfelt condolences to the children and family of Mark..
Ben Bearchum says
Condolences and prayers for the family.
Burt Walks With Three Legs says
Here I sit broken hearted. Tried to shit, but only farted. Then one day I took a chance. Tried to fart, but shit my pants.