The inspiration for the second song (“My Favorite Part of a Woman”) originated from the years Kump has spent photographing women through his company DLK PhotoArts and reflecting upon feminine beauty and charms.
So Kump wanted a song that summed up his favorite part of a woman and created a poster to accompany it.
“It’s her smile,” Kump said, also with a smile.
Now the back story behind the second song, “Wovoka Ghost Dance,” is more complicated.
The original Ghost Dance was actually two movements of Native Americans in the 19th century to restore their land and cultures, which they felt could be hastened by certain dances and songs to the dead, according to Encyclopedia Britannica.
The first Ghost Dance developed in 1869 around Wodziwob (a prophet) and the second derived from Wovoka (a religious leader) whose father, Tavibo, had assisted Wodziwob.
The movement reached the Sioux early in 1890, which was wrongly blamed for the Sioux outbreak later that year, and “culminated with the massacre at Wounded Knee, South Dakota,” Encyclopedia Britannica also said.
This story fascinated Kump.
“Can you imagine being so desperate that they thought the ghost dance would protect them from the cavalry? They actually believed it,” Kump said. “To have that be their only hope, and to hang onto that – that shows how badly they were treated.”
Kump feels many portrayals of U.S. history of this event do a great disservice to Native Americans, which he addresses in “Wovoka Ghost Dance.”
“When I went to school, I got straight As in history and a medal in sociology my senior year at Catholic High,” Kump said. “But I never learned this stuff in school, not until I did my own research.”