Earth Day (Anpa Maka)

The Earth is precious. Our Lakota ancestors of yesterday and our people of today tirelessly pray for the healing of the Earth, as well as the healing of the people.So in honor of the one day a year de…
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BHSU Pow Wow: Lakota Omniciye Wacipi

BHSU American Indian Awareness Week and Annual Pow WowTake in the breathtaking sights of pow wow dancers dressed in their finest regalia, listen to the beautiful, haunting sounds of native song, and e…
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Native American Sacred Herb: Flat Cedar

Known as hanté blaska to the Lakota, Flat Cedar is a sacred herb often used in ceremony and during times of prayer…and, according to ancient legend, this dried herb is also a favorite of enigmatic Thu…
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The Return of the Thunder Beings

In the sacred Black Hills, the Lakota ceremonial season begins with the Return of the Thunder Beings (known as Wakinyan to the Lakota people) and is announced by the presence of thunder, lightening, a…
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Sacred Songs of the Lakota

Carefully preserved and protected by tribal ancestors throughout their turbulent history, the pipe, prayer, and healing songs used in Native American ceremonies are very special and highly revered.The…
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Pow Wow Etiquette: Let Respect Be Your Guide

Native American Pow Wows are social events. They should be fun - see beautiful regalia and breathtaking performances, as well as reunite with old friends and meet new ones - but, keep in mind that Pow…
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Pow Wow Dances: Mystical Sights & Sounds

The dances at pow wow speak of one's tribal affiliation as well as ancestry - as the drum beats and tribal sounds soar through the air, dancers move and re enliven their ancient roots.Dressed in their…
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The Natural Scents of Pow Wow

Light, fragrant smelling herbs and essential oils are often used by dancers and guests during Pow Wow as scented sachets or oils as a natural perfume. They help many Pow Wow dancers and guests "stay f…
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