There are 7 main ceremonies in Lakota culture. I am not going to describe them but I want you to read about my personal experience.
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The Seven Rites of the Lakota
Nagi Gluhapi (Keeping of the Soul)
Inipi (Rite of Purification)
Hanblecheyapi (Crying for a Vision)
Wiwanyag Wachipi (The Sun Dance)
Hunkapi (Making of Relatives)
Ishna Ta Awi Cha Lowan (Preparing a Girl for Womanhood)
Tapa Wanka Yap (Throwing of the Ball)
Mitchell Corn Palace
I don't think anything like this exists anywhere else on the Planet....if it does, email me!
This very large building is just about completely covered in corn, and not only is it covered, but the corn is turned into art. The corn art is actually very well done, and especially the inside art was very creative. Some might classify this place as a tourist trap, some might wonder why they would waste corn in such a way, but I think whoever dreamed this up was rather creative. I would say it was definitely worth a stop, and free. But, I did buy a hat, some postcards, and some corn on the cob popcorn.
South Dakotans refer to...
South Dakotans refer to locations in their state as 'East River' or 'West River.' This refers to the Missouri River that winds right through Pierre, the capitol of the state located smack in the middle. West River includes the Black Hills and much of the touristy stuff. East River is mainly farmland. It is very flat, but it is amazing to be able to see so far in the horizon. If it were not for the curvature of the earth, we could probably see all the way to the Rockies! I hope to include more East River information on this page soon, since it is the often forgotten side of the state.
Major cultural sensitivity...
Major cultural sensitivity alert: For those of you who have read Dee Brown's stirring history 'Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee' you will probably be interested in seeing the area. Wounded Knee is located on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation which is incredibly poor. My only suggestion, being part Lakhota myself, is please enter the reservation with respect. It is not a zoo, so please do not gape at the squalid living conditions or anything of that sort. If you come to Wounded Knee with an open heart and with a sense of peace and profundity, you will be rewarded with a better understanding of the history of the Native peoples of this area. I feel that this is critical for understanding the history of our nation.
Dumb South Dakota LawsNo...
Dumb South Dakota Laws
No horses are allowed into Fountain Inn unless they are wearing pants.
It is illegal to lie down and fall asleep in a cheese factory.
Movies that show police officers being struck, beaten, or treated in an offensive manner are forbidden.
If there are more than 5 Native Americans on your property you may shoot them.
If three or more Indians are walking down the street together, they can be considered a war party and fired upon.
Lakota Sioux Indian art.........
Lakota Sioux Indian art...... I found this painting at the gift shop of the still-unfinished (but already magnificent!) Crazy Horse monument. All revenue from the gift shop goes towards the monument's completion, and to my mind it's a worthy cause.
Land of the Lakota
Many native americans (Indians) live in the areas surrounding the Black Hills. You can find lots of cultural and art exhibits related to the local tribes in the area.
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