DELWIN FIDDLER Jr.
(Cheyenne River Lakota Sioux Tribe)
Delwin Fiddler Jr. or Tsunka Gleska ( Spotted Horse Takes the Blanket) was born
in Rapid City, South Dakota but grew up in Green Grass. His mother, Shirley Eagle Tail
Fiddler, (a historian) and his father, Delwin Fiddler Sr. (a police officer & house mover)
live in a small community called Green Grass (Pejito) located in Eagle Butte, South
Dakota. Delwin is a direct descendant of Chief Big Foot. He has 3 older sisters (Deanna,
Marita & Charlene) 3 younger brothers (Kenny, Derek & Franky who crossed over), and a
host of cousins including Terry Fiddler who is his first cousin and son of the Late Leonard
Fiddler (Wanbli Wiyaka) also from Eagle Butte. Delwin currently lives in Philadelphia
with extended family Vaughnda Hilton and Andrew Lyn Jr.
Delwin attended Cheyenne River High School, went through the Job Corps
Program in Philadelphia in March of 2000. While enrolled at the Job Corps Program
Delwin was elected as the Student Body President. He graduated from the Hospitality
Trade (where he won the award for most employable person) and went on to enroll at
Community College of Philadelphia. He attended the PJA School in Upper Darby, Pa for
One of Delwin’s goals was to compete at Schemitzun and he accomplished this
goal in 2000 when took 9th place in Old Style grass at the World Championships of Native
American Song & Dance. Delwin has been dancing since he was a child and has won first
place at some of the most prestigious powwows in Indian Country. Delwin is currently a
member of Black Horse Butte singers and drummers. He has also been Head man dancer
and judge at various competition powwows throughout the country.
Currently, Delwin is the Chairman of Native Nations Dance Theater. NNDT is a
Native American Indian Dance Company that travels to various schools and
organizations to teach and share Native culture. NNDT also sponsors an annual
Toy/Blanket drive for the community of Green Grass. This toy/blanket drive helps this
community with necessities and items for the children and adults who may not be able to
travel during the winter because of the weather.
Delwin met with Tribal Council on the Cheyenne River Reservation in August of
2002 to help set up health and educational programs for children and adults with the
assistance of NIH (National Institutes of Health).
In September of 2003, Delwin and Vaughnda along with other Native dancers in
the community were chosen to participate in the Preparation Theater Program which is
located on the fourth floor in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American
Indian. NMAI and Batwin & Robin have teamed up to produce the media programming.
The project is a 10 minute multi media experience which is designed to open the hearts and
minds of the museum visitor as well as provide an introduction to Native world views, life,
way of thinking, and current issues. This project will debut in September of 2004.
*Delwin also known as “Lakota Son”, has a Spoken Word CD for sale which
was be released in the summer of 2003, produced by Stepwise Entertainment
Productions. He also has a demo CD produced by David Hughes & Power Records.
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