Native American Music: Round Dance

Characterized by energized English lyrics and the unmistakable cadence of the drum, the rhythms of Round Dance fill the room with laughter, friendship, togetherness, and goodwill.The spontaneous, infe…
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Native American Herb: Red Willow Bark

Known as "Cansasa" to the Lakota, Red Willow Bark is a spiritually important herb within the Native American culture. It is often used during times of ceremony to show respect or give spiritual protec…
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Native American Art: Winter Counts

A Winter Count is the Native American tradition of visually archiving their tribal history and culture...a few have even documented significant natural occurrences.The Lakota are revered for their Win…
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Native American History: Ghost Dance

A mysterious and often misunderstood Native American ritual, the Ghost Dance once inspired fear among white Americans during the late 19th century.…but, this ominous spirit dance actually began as a n…
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Lakota Artist Evans Flammond Sr: Ledger Art

The work of Lakota Indian artist Evans Flammond Sr. is a result of his careful exploration into the past, mixed with his powerful need to create. Driven by his vow to keep the Native culture aliv…
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Lakota Nation Invitational: Art Show

Celebrating their 34th year in the Rapid City area, the Lakota Nation Invitational (LNI) features an exciting mix of high school sports and a cultural display of traditional and contemporary Native Am…
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So What Did the Indians Use Before Beads?

Our last blog post was “When Did The Indians Start Making Glass Beads?” So to summarize, they did not make glass beads. Beads were introduced into their work when the explorers came and trading began.…
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When did the Indians start making glass beads?

This is a really good question, and I have had the opportunity to answer it many times over the years.The Plains Indians never made glass beads. In fact, glass beads were first brought here by explore…
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The Importance of Pow-Wow

Here in the Northern Plains, you can already smell the frost coming, the leaves will begin to change color and then the snow will come. But before all of that, we have one last chance to enjoy the com…
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