butterfly against the wind


Jadina Lilien | Tiokasin Ghosthorse

Initial funding for the book is made possible by a grant from the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation. 

New York Foundation for the Arts is the fiscal sponsor for the book.



The images and words of this beautiful book speak directly to the soul about the mystery of the Lakota culture and land. It carries the sadness of the loss of the sacred, as well as the need to reconnect with this wellspring of wonder, in which our dreams and the dreams of the Earth are woven together. Here the inner and outer worlds meet and nourish us with the natural wisdom of when everything was alive in a sacred way.


Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, Ph.D.

Sufi Teacher and Author,

Spiritual Ecology: The Cry of the Earth. 

This amazing art piece connects us to the Lakota worlds of subtle knowledge through an interplay of tangible and intangible elements. Here the images and reflections, which unveil a philosophical thought profoundly rooted in the original peoples’ life cycles, call for a cultural continuity and relativity of life for all.

Geraldine Patrick Encinas PhD (Mapuche) and Mindahi Crescencio Bastida Muñoz (Otomi)

Guardians of the knowledge of the Otomi-Hñahñu Regional Council in Mexico

At a time when human societies are fast destroying the web of life on Earth, Butterfly Against the Wind finds a counterforce not in new technology but in ancient wisdom and love that has no beginning or end.  Laced with the “quantum thinking" encoded in certain Lakota words and graced with dream-like artwork, this book is a revelation and a call.


Karenna Gore, Center for Earth Ethics, Union Theological Seminary

This is a beautiful and important book that opens doors into a source of profound wisdom that is much needed in these times. The passages of prose and multi-layered images invite the reader on a surprising journey into an invisible non-linear world beyond conventional appearances. This book works a subtle magic on us - pointing to a language and way of being that have the power to lead us back to a deeper relationship with what is sacred. Tiokasin and Jadina have offered a significant act of service in sharing Lakota wisdom in this unique and accessible way.


Dr. Justine Huxley

Director of St Ethelburga’s Center for Reconciliation and Peace, London 

In Butterfly Against the Wind, Jadina Lilien and Tiokasin Ghosthorse offer striking images and poignant words, taking the reader on a beautiful journey into the mystery and power of the Lakota language, history and cosmology. An important work that captures an experience of past, present and future that is much needed at this time.


Emmanuel Vaughan - Lee
Founder Global Oneness Project, Spiritual Ecologist 

Butterfly Against the Wind
By Tiokasin Ghosthorse