In 2007
Harley SwiftDeer Reagan
  • Place of birth:
    Texas, United States
  • Date of passing: Sep 10, 2013
  • Place of passing:
    Arizona, United States
It is only through ignorance that men surrender their freedom.

This memorial website was created in honor and celebration of our beloved Naqual, Soke, husband, son, brother, father, and friend, Harley SwiftDeer Reagan.

SwiftDeer, also known as Gunnie to many, touched many lives, in many arenas, around the world.

We invite all who have known and loved him to contribute stories, photos, videos, and/or audio to this site.  (Note that we are also developing a memory book, and would like to be able to use contributions to this site in that as well.) 

On Tuesday, October 8, 2013, over 160 friends and family gathered in Phoenix from around the country (and world) to celebrate the life of Harley SwiftDeer Reagan. The stories shared were rich, and both tears and laughs were plentiful. In the end we said our heartfelt goodbyes and remembered a brilliant, courageous and tenacious man. The memorial included the US Marine Corps honor guard presentation of Military Funeral Honors with gun salute, bugler playing “Taps,” and American flag folding and presentation to his wife, Dianne, to honor SwiftDeer as a soldier, veteran, and warrior.

About Harley SwiftDeer Gunnie Reagan 

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!


Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by kickingdeer lee on 20th March 2014

"rip my sensai soke swift deer"

This tribute was added by devora moving waters on 16th December 2013

"i have learned and continue to learn and unlearn so much with you chief swiftdear and these teachings you have so graciously given us over so many many years . my heart reaches out to all the tribe. in the way of beauty i (we) will continue on this path with you and the rest of the tribe thru the dreamtime with so much gratitude appreciation  Love .
may peace be with all . aho !"

This tribute was added by Alanna Tarkington on 29th November 2013

You taught me to, "JUMP INTO THE CHANGE" which I have followed all my life.  May you ...    JUMP INTO THE CHANGE....with energy and with power!  Your Apprentice, Alanna"

This tribute was added by Richard Bird on 25th November 2013

"I learned from you the beauty of a question.
You set me to finding my own best question.
I await your next challenge with joy and respect.
May the wave of Thunder Strikes carry your dreaming far."

This tribute was added by john speirs on 5th November 2013

"Thanks to you; I find myself; in the sweat-lodge; on the mat.
Deepest gratitude."

This tribute was added by Arnd Dumont on 4th November 2013

"Thanx 4 all !
                                             ...see ya !"

This tribute was added by Shirlee Jack on 2nd November 2013

"Sacredness, Transformation, Evolution, etc.  - the Library-Tapestry of teachings and tools you shared keeps changing many lives on many levels.  Godspeed, Swiftdeer!"

This tribute was added by Bethany Curtiss on 30th October 2013

"So how's it going in those other Worlds with human life? This one is richer for your having been here. Blessed Be!"

This tribute was added by Eva Ladyhawk Wright on 19th October 2013

"Dear SwiftDeer,
Thank you for the contributions you have made to this world. You will be deeply missed by all. You are now free to fly. We'll see you from now on in our journey-work. Sacred Hawk Blessings upon you."

This tribute was added by Boris Lessenich on 16th October 2013

"July 1994 in France, one week with Swift Deer on the Mayan Book of Life. Swift Deer was Talking about the Cards, I think it was the 4-Card, the Patriarch when, all of a sudden, he got up and demonstrated a karate kata. He wanted us to focus on some detail. Swift Deers physical presence and the vastness of the space he opened made a deep impact to my life."

This tribute was added by Karen Krauss on 11th October 2013

"Swiftdeer, Thank you for being you and showing me the path to myself - thank you for helping me to navigate this wild - wonderful and crazy world with an anchor to nature .....  words don't express my love and appreciation - I consider myself blessed to have found you and to have been your student and comrade on this amazing journey. You are loved always Lighting Spirit"

This tribute was added by Benjamin Morlok on 11th October 2013

"I bow to you, Swift Deer, and thank you for so much beauty and strength you have helped me establish in my life.
with deep gratitude Benjamin"

This tribute was added by Alexander Ertlschweiger on 10th October 2013

"Dear T.S
I miss my dream teacher, my firechild are very sad and deeply mourning.I want to thank you publicly for all you did for me and my environment.My Heyoka child are breaking up as I write this, he must be provide chocolate as the teacher said. Even though I never met the TS in the physical my heart goes out to the family and his friends.

Hoka hey T.S may your journey be great."

This tribute was added by Franziska Weber on 9th October 2013

"There are no words for my gratitude. That I have the possibility to walk this path, to learn on this path is not only the most precious thing in my life, it goes far far beyond this. I'm back, re-connected, through time and space. Thank you, SwiftDeer."

This tribute was added by Malou Eberspächer on 7th October 2013

"I remember you smoking the yellow blinking cigarette , having the pistol beside you , phoning with your mother same time you were downloading great teachings for the APA-Training.  I liked your Humor and your wide awakeness and the book of lide readings. I am thankful to have been in your last Q4. Thank you for all."

This tribute was added by Malou Eberspächer on 7th October 2013

"Swift Deer, you dance in my consciousness and in my heart. It was great, that I was attracted to you and your wisdom. 23 years ago I met you the first time and since this time I am learning from you. You were one of my most important teachers and the most challenging…one. I remember the first black lodge you gave in Switzerland and many other teachings in Europe. Then I had to come to you."

This tribute was added by Brian Obrecht on 7th October 2013

"Meeting you in your Pasadena garage (1986) changed me forever. I either had to forget what you showed me that weekend or find out how it was possible. I choose the “Red Pill”, the Red Road, and you. I will never forget your gentle way under the gruff exterior, your wisdom or your advice. I wish you a smooth transition and a powerful rebirth. Looking forward to the next time around."

This tribute was added by christine holméN on 7th October 2013

"2002 was the most touching travel to mexico with swift deer for me. we where travelling with jeeps to diffrent maya buildings and cenotes. it was the time of time cell activation and the teachings of it. this 13 days changed my life deeply. and i understood that time is soo relativ, even though we are living in duality...thank u sincerely yellow self existing sun"

This tribute was added by Eva Nyström on 6th October 2013

"Dear SwiftDeer, your teachings and your presence have been a touch of beauty and joy in my life!"

This tribute was added by Cathy Kelly on 5th October 2013

"Thank you my friend for enticing me to California, I owe you one.
I have no regrets about knowing you.  
Till we meet again."

This tribute was added by Ismene Jäger on 5th October 2013

"A fawn flowered out of the piece of clay, just like it had lived in there since ever and only waited to be born. In 1993 after a deep teaching time, when I made a giveaway for this extraordinary teacher SWIFT DEER. Since that time I felt interconnected with him. In deep gratitude, respect and love - I thank you SWIFT DEER for providing so much knowledge and ceremonial encouragement."

This tribute was added by Katarina Ödman on 5th October 2013

"You nourish the fire
deep within the monument
of being
where stillness abides
and death is freeing.

You bide your time
while we frolic in the chaos
waiting patiently for your time
to remind us of what we are.

When all is done
body lies still
mind lies quiet
You find us there
in the ashes
shivering like
newborn petals
yearning for

- Christine Fortuin"

This tribute was added by Kathy Milazzo on 4th October 2013

"Swift Deer was a great man.  He is an inspiration because he lived life as a human being achieving greatness through work and determination.  In this way he is an example to me and the key message is that such greatness is my potential and the potential of every human, who is willing to do the work, assume authority, take responsibility and stand accountable. Go for the Light! Best Love K."

This tribute was added by Sylke Borchmann on 4th October 2013

"Dearmoring in his Office in 2005 was like this: Nothing you could do could make me untrue to you guy (he echoed: Myself/MyPipe/ThisPath). Nothing you could buy can make me tell a lie to this guy (Myself/MyPipe,ThisPath). I gave this guy my word of honor to be faithfull and Im gonna. You best be believing I wont be deceiving this guy ..Myself...My choice -! Thank you SwiftDeer !"

This tribute was added by Jean Rankin on 4th October 2013

"Thankyou SwiftDeer! I first met you in 1993 and I was in pretty bad shape. You told me to "get busy, stay busy, make a thing of beauty, give it away, and grow up!"  Your wisdom has continued to feed me and I have enough to last the rest of this life. Thank you for the gift of the lineage and thank you for being 100% pure YOU !"

This tribute was added by Petra Kral-Leonhard on 3rd October 2013

"Thank you Swift Deer for all your gifts you gave to me!
I first met you in 2006, together with my little doughter Teresa -  I was feeling at home to be with you and the bigger familie on the sundanceland.This connection will live forever.Thank you for your warm voice, for seeing the universe in my eyes, for remembering me of my power and giving me trust."

This tribute was added by Quinn Yarbrough on 3rd October 2013

"For leading me with a smile to the door of death and encouraging me to walk through to the other side of my fear, for waking me to this dream of myself at choice, for honing my sight to recognize the symbols and signs of my own reflection in the world, for inspiring me to accept the dance of light and dark and to dream with conscious intent. For the best times you brought forth. Thank You"

This tribute was added by Leia WhiteFire Woman on 3rd October 2013

"I have come to know Swiftdeer only through his many contributions and teachings. Because of his many contributions, I have had an opportunity to heal a chronic illness and have become a very different human being. Thank you, Swiftdeer for your wisdom and courage. You will be missed!"

This tribute was added by gabe wolf on 3rd October 2013

"You told me to never believe a word you said, and I never did! I pray you are Dancing in the Kivas and happy! Aho!"

This tribute was added by Jana Roetzsch on 3rd October 2013

"Als ich dir zum ersten Mal 2009 in Costa Rica begegnete, und sagte: "Ich bin hier, weil ich endlich SwiftDeer kennenlernen wollte" war deine Antwort:
"Remember, its not me, its the lineage" Am Morgen des 11.September 2013 gab es hier einen kraftvollen Regenbogen. Danke das ich Teil dieser Linie bin, und dadurch auf eine schwierige Lebenssituation gut vorbereitet war In Dankbarkeit"

This tribute was added by Brigitte Kimmerle on 3rd October 2013

"SwiftDeer – you will dance in my heart forever! You touched me with your power stories and even more with your honesty when you failed. You touched me most deeply with your benevolent grandfather space, in which I was able to see my inner truth and change my life. Thank you!"

This tribute was added by petra lamp on 3rd October 2013

"I remember the APA workshop, my first workshop with Swift Deer, he sat down on his chair, put the golden pistol to his right, than the shim mering blue on to his left, took a "sergant pepper", and than asked: "please tell me, what you need, that I can help you, learn to glean..." Thank you, so much for your benevolance and support..."

This tribute was added by Misha Rogg on 3rd October 2013

"September 15th, 2013                 To Swiftdeer, WADO
'Today's a good day to die ...'
May your wishes come true strong,
May your journeys take you home,
and may you stay ... FOREVER YOUNG ! Until we meet again !"

This tribute was added by Roman Jörg on 3rd October 2013

"Dear Swift,
I never met you physically. Anyhow you touched my life in the dream, with your teachings, and when i saw the deer passing my way in the week before you left. My heart is with You!"

This tribute was added by Annette Jäger on 3rd October 2013

"Thank you Grandfather for all your teachings and your wisdom. They chanced my life, my point of view, my behaviour and showed me how i can live my shining. I met you "only" on facebook. But with every contact you touched my heard with your knowledge, wisdom and humor. I am deep grateful. All this will live in my heart forever. Thank you!"

This tribute was added by jake kerr on 3rd October 2013

"howdy swift--what's all this transition stuff? i still see and talk ("see" and "talk") witcha.
namaste, mofo, and vaya con dios.
p.s.   what Christian said -- SpeaksForMe.

This tribute was added by Sabina Tschudi on 3rd October 2013

"Thank you SwiftDeer for Everything! I met you in 1983 in Switzerland, and  came to your workshop in Interlaken with my Sister Sibylle. My sister came to one of your  workshops in Walenstadtberg through our cousin Cathrine, a wild-cat dompteuse in the French National Circus in Paris. We have  a family-womans lineage of working  and learning with you. In gratitude for all of us, Yours,Sabina"

This tribute was added by Mary Vance on 2nd October 2013

"Thank You Grandfather. Thank you for your patience, your kindness, your presence. Thank you for your authenticity, for living with purpose and determination. Thank you for sharing your knowledge, for speaking  truth and for preserving and living the sacred laws. Thank you for teaching me to Sun Dance. Thank you for your humor, your courage, your unbendable faith. Thank you for teaching me."

This tribute was added by Frank Caldwell on 2nd October 2013

"I met Swiftdeer in 1986. I was told that his workshop would "change my life". Turns out he was the gift that keeps on giving. Brother, what a ride it was. Thanks for being on point and for the transformations that you have set in motion for all of Grandmother Earth. From one cowboy to another, thanks for being my friend. A-HO!!"

This tribute was added by Emanuela Caria on 2nd October 2013

"Caro SwiftDeer,
Il mio ego è molto dispiaciuto di non averti potuto conoscere di persona, mi sento comunque fortunata di averti potuto conoscere nello spirito. Per me sei un grande esempio e mi dai la forza di crescere, come se fossi il mio fertilizzante. Sento con angoscia che sei trapassato e sento anche con gioia che la tua forza è rimasta qui."

This tribute was added by Christian Waelder on 2nd October 2013

"To Swiftdeer &  Nightbird
There has not been a day where swift as not impacted my life
some might say I left the path but I say swift has showed me how to dance my life. to live  your sacred dream it just rocks. and I am alway thankful for my time with swift deer and you night bird Love brings fire"

This tribute was added by Diana Kardia on 26th September 2013

"Dear SwiftDeer. Thank you for teaching us how to recognize the dream, to be both within it and outside it so that the dream becomes a conscious choice. Thank you for guiding us to a larger space, a new terrain, a greater light.  And thank you for showing us the folly and the power of every moment, and how to birth our shining from that balance. May these gifts speed you on your journey."

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