Dakota continues to sing with the CYT Christmas Quartets. They recently performed on the radio and at the Spokane Country Club, but they also perform for retirement centers throughout the Spokane area.
On the one hand, I'm thankful that Dakota is learning to increase his talent and self-confidence through public performances. On the other hand, I hope that he continues to practice his talent as a form of service to others. Within our ancestral tradition, singing is a cultural, spiritual, and ceremonial responsibility that is practiced for the good of the community. Singing promotes the spiritual well-being of the people without necessarily depending the entertainment value of the song. In some small way, maybe singing Christmas carols for the elderly approximates the spiritual work of Dakota's ancestors.