Our much-loved nagual and teacher,
Harley SwiftDeer Reagan,
also known to many as Gunnie,
returned to the Great Round
the evening of September 10, 2013.
Remembering Harley SwiftDeer Reagan
From his family in Phoenix:
6:45pm on Sept 10, 2013 marks the passing of a special man, an extraordinary teacher, a beloved husband, a decorated warrior, a world champion martial artist, a shooting buddy, and … a good friend.
His walk on Grandmother Earth made a difference by touching the hearts of those he met. The knowledge and wisdom he shared helped tens of thousands of people to heal and grow.
He took a stand for individual liberty and freedom that inspired those he met to defend the "right to keep and bear arms” as a way to become a self-responsible human on Grandmother Earth who walks in Beauty.
His presence will be deeply missed, but our hearts soar for the honor to have known him.
A warrior returns home.
On this page, we begin to collect images and remembrances of him in all his beauty, power, strength, sweetness, contrariness, humor, intelligence, and complexity.
About Harley SwiftDeer Reagan's Life
Harley SwiftDeer Reagan led a very full and adventuresome life. He served in Vietnam and, in 1994, he was inducted into the World Martial Arts Hall of Fame in honor of his contribution within that field. He also pursued studies in psychology, philosophy and religion. All of this rich experience and study is integrated into SwiftDeer's style and content of how he carries the Sweet Medicine SunDance Wheels and Keys.
In July of 1992, SwiftDeer was seated and sealed as a Twisted Hairs elder on the Council. His primary responsibility is to introduce whatever teachings the Council deems necessary for people to wake up and step into sobriety.
The Deer Tribe Metis Medicine Society (DTMMS) was founded in 1986 by Harley SwiftDeer Reagan for the purpose of gathering, translating and teaching the Wheels and Keys of the Sweet Medicine SunDance (SMSD) Path of Turtle Island. Mandated and guided by the Twisted Hairs Metis Medicine Society Council of Elders, the Deer Tribe also provides training and guidance for apprentices working the "gateway" process of personal growth and spiritual awakening in this Path.
Read more about Harley SwiftDeer Reagan:
His Many Faces
Born and raised in Texas, SwiftDeer often referred to himself as a half-breed cowboy. And though true, that was only a small part of the truth.
Anyone who has been in the dojo with SwiftDeer can attest to his skill in martial arts. He brought an intensity of focus, attention to detail, and knowledge of what really matters in technique and situations.
He delighted in the competitiveness of the shooting world. The Deer Tribe Gun Club, which he founded, has been running monthly Steel Challenge matches for at least 13 years. He said this about his experience: "… The stress of being the Chief Range Master/Match Sponsor & also shoot your own match! ( I LOVE IT!)". In the world of Cowboy Action Shooting he was known as "Ol’ Swift Buck.”
He has touched the lives of many, many people around the world with the teachings he brought through the Twisted Hairs Council of Elders: the wheels, keys, and ceremonies of the Sweet Medicine SunDance Path.
He was also a beloved husband, father, son, godfather, friend.
Though we will miss you more than words can say, we are at the same time full of gratitude for the time we had with you, and we send our prayers for your transition to - whatever is next for you!
From friends around the world
"it is with profound gratitude i wish you safe and amazing travels as you continue your Walk in Beauty. you balanced the masculine and feminine in ways that restore my faith in humanity and more. i have learned so soo much from you..."
"Thanks for all the teachings, all the beauty and all the hearts you touched. R I P and may you have a great journey home."
"Thanks for the love.. Deeply Grateful to know Harley Swift Deer.."
"I am one of the many fortunate ones who benefit from your teachings, your generosity and your wisdom. I will always endeavor to pass it on. Love is forever, Harley."
"Grandfather Swiftdeer, Gunnie Reagan, beloved nagual, you dance in my heart. I deeply thank you for touching my life with beauty. The wisdom you passed to me in our final meeting will stay firmly in my spirit. You told me to make the most of my human life, "Do everything as though you're going to die afterwards."
"I would not be who I am today with out you. Bowing deeply as you release into the greater dream - I know you will never stop teaching and sharing the beauty that you are."
"The wisdom that he dared to share is the single most life-changing gift I have been honored to receive. I am a much better person for it. In gratitude and beauty. He will be missed."
"My love and gratitude. Sweet journeys."
"Good trip back to the Great Circle, Brother."
"Love, Light & Power to you Grandfather, thank you"
Memorial Gatherings and Remembrances
His passing is felt by many - all around the world.
We are deeply grateful for the condolences and acknowledgements which pour in through email and on facebook! Thank you for your prayers and the many expressions of your love for SwiftDeer. Our hearts are full from the many gifts we have received from him over the years.
Many of you have asked how you can honor SwiftDeer
and support Dianne and our Lineage.
In lieu of flowers, we request that you honor SwiftDeer by sending a donation to a special memorial fund at the Rainbow Powers Center. This fund is dedicated to the full actualization of Swift’s big heart desire to have a fully functioning dojo where the Masters of the Eight Great Powers could come and share their knowledge.
You can make your donation online at the Harley SwiftDeer Reagan Memorial Fund page or mail to:
Rainbow Powers Center
SwiftDeer Memorial Fund
P.O. Box 12397
Scottsdale, AZ 85267
Those who feel called to support Dianne in her transition and to help pay for the expenses of his medical care and memorial, are invited to send donations via PayPal (these will go to the ReaganCareFund@gmail.com ).
Or they can be sent by postal mail (payable to Dianne Reagan) to:
c/o Thunder Strikes Productions
8485 E. McDonald Drive #302
Scottsdale, AZ 85250-6335