Hista Soldier Wolf
What are you doing right now?
I am a year 12 student at Mount Beauty Secondary College.
I’m studying maths, English, psychology, physical education and business management.
I’m aiming to become a youth worker so I can help troubled kids – kids with difficult lives.
At one point in my life I was going through a difficult time and I didn’t think there was anyone there for me. I want to be there for other kids.
How do you come to be in the Kiewa Valley?
We came here about five years ago when I was 12 and my sister was 15.
I was born in a town called Lander, Wyoming, in the United States and I grew up on the Wind River Reservation.
My father is a Northern Arapaho Native American and my mother is Australian.
My mum was in the US to do bronc riding in rodeos and she met Aninn at a powwow – that’s a sort of singing and dancing fun time.
They got married and my sister and I grew up on the reservation.
It was pretty much a third world country there.
The scenery is beautiful, but there was a lot of crime, violence and drug use.
After 20 years my mum had had enough and wanted us to be in touch with our Australian roots, so we came over here.
Mum knew Cath Baird at Bogong Horseback Adventures, so we came up here for a holiday and liked it and decided to stay.
My dad went back to the US three years ago.
Does your Native American culture still influence you?
Yes, pretty strongly. I’m still in touch with my roots.
I practise my singing and dancing, and I like to practise my language, though it’s pretty hard at the moment with all my study.
I practise with my mother. She learned the language really well, as well as a lot about Northern Arapaho culture while she was living on the reservation.
I also have an app that helps with my vocabulary. My culture has taught me a lot. It has given me a sense of identity, and my aim is to go back and help the troubled kids back there.
My culture teaches respect for animals and women and older people.
What do you do in your spare time?
I’m not very interested in most sports, but I enjoy learning martial arts – taekwondo and muay thai and other types.