Sakim (C. Randall Daniels) is Apalachicola-Creek from northern Florida, a hereditary tribal town king, a “Maker of Medicine,” and tradition bearer for Pine Arbor Tribal Town. He is a conveyor of history, story, and ceremony regarding ancient and modern Muskogee life ways. Sakim has written books and articles on Creeks and Seminoles of Florida, and other southeastern Indians and Muskogee Words and Ways, a Southeastern Reader. As a traditional herbalist, he works with doctors and hospitals to treat the native community and is a caregiver for the elderly and dying. Sakim has both played and taught native flute since the 1940’s, holds a master’s degree in ethnomusicology, and occasionally contributes to film soundtracks. In addition to operating a horse farm, sitting on many boards, teaching community classes, and providing religious counseling at a federal correctional institute, he is a major contributor to a forth coming book on Native Southeastern Star Lore and Cosmology, and subject of several educational projects and dissertations. Sakim and his community provide full services for non-traditional burial and cremation, and he is trained in embalming and restorative arts. In his free time, he chefs, plays music, restores pipe organs, sweeps chimneys, and attends Sacred Harp sings. His farm recently divested horse and sheep to establish an all organic pig herd. The farm is also home to Great Southern Forestry, a full service environmentally sound field, forest, and huge culture consultants and demonstrators that teach sustainable agriculture and promote forest-fed foods. It is a favorite stopping place for Common Ground on the Hill participants visiting north Florida.
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