Category Archives: Block 3: 2011-12

Where the Mountains Meet: The Womb

For as long as I can remember, my mothers and I would hike a trail that our close clan of women had named The Womb. By the time I could comprehend the significance of naming a place in nature The … Continue reading

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Shove and Labyrinth Talks

It was very interesting to enter shove this afternoon with a more critical and focused eye. I felt far more able to direct my thoughts and feelings throughout the tour in a more constructive way as I was able to … Continue reading

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Shove Chapel Tour Musings

When we went on the tour of Shove Chapel, I was not initially impressed. I had already been inside Shove and had already known some of the history of the building. However, when I really gave it the attention and … Continue reading

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The Break In Our IRT Flow

In one of the Turner readings from last week the idea of flow is presented. I find this idea of flow within a ritual very interesting, especially when I think of what qualifies as a ritual. Some people in our … Continue reading

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Our Final Day

As I sit in the airport while writing this, it’s hard for me to believe that our time in IRT has come to an end. This past month has gone by so quickly and yet so slowly at the same … Continue reading

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What now?

It seems silly to attempt to write after the presentation Adam, Jacy, Jake, and I made yesterday, especially because I was the one to use music as my mode of expression, but here I go. Religious experience, or meaningful experience, is an … Continue reading

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here’s the truth

It is a search for truth.  For the true.  For the center.  We try so hard to find what we think is right or good or proper, but rarely do we look for ourselves.  Through art we are able to … Continue reading

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Crafts and their history

For my final project I researched the sacredness of tobacco and made a tobacco pouch.  I also looked up the history of Lakota dream catchers and made a dream catcher. Finally I explored the different prayer tie colors and what … Continue reading

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Learning Re-embodiment Through the Lakota Tradition

Last week while reviewing the x-rays of my spine at a chiropractic clinic the chiropractor pointed at my scoliotic spine and said, “Yah, this is pretty nasty”. I was shocked. Had I misheard him? He flipped to the next image, … Continue reading

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What am I doing here?

Returning from Pine Ridge, I feel as I did returning home after four months in Bolivia. Both times rocked by the culture shock of reentry,  I’ve never felt so disillusioned by American mainstream culture. But this isn’t a culture shock … Continue reading

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