"The spirits who guide me and who guided my ancestors pushed me to make Cannupas. This is the reason why I think the spirits give their power to every Cannupa through my hands. If a person makes Cannupas only for money and not with a deep respect for the Cannupa and our culture, then they won’t have power. The spirits won’t bring the right power into these Cannupas.
I tell you all the time that when I put power into a Cannupa, a part of my own power leaves. I always rub the bowl with my hands when I am finished making it. The old man Fools Crow told me: Don’t put so much power into the Cannupa, otherwise you will die sooner. Little by little your health is going”.
Sonny: “A lot of what I know comes from asking questions when I was young. I asked the elders, my father and grandfathers. A lot of elders and Medicine people come to visit our family. Even Frank Fools Crow senior and junior, for example, lived with us every year for a certain time. My father and grandfather were both Pipe makers and the Medicine men always came to us when they needed Cannupas”.