"He is a word sender. This world is like a garden. Over this garden go his words like rain and where they fall they leave it a little greener. And when his words have passed, the memory of them shall stand long in the west like a flaming rainbow." Lakota holy man Black Elk, describing his adopted son John G. Neihardt, whom he dubbed, "Flaming Rainbow" because there is no word in his language for poet.
Each year the John G. Neihardt Foundation bestows its highest honor, the Word Sender Award, to an individual who embodied the vision and intellectual genius of John G. Neihardt. Their lives have been devoted to uplifting and keeping the highest ideals of the humans spirit.