Category Archives: Block 3: 2011-12

I do not know this place

I do not know this place. Every telling of history tastes an awful lot like past-tense with the qualifying pre-tense: “was, were, no longer theirs, stolen” with the underlying tone of a little more than dishonest. I do not know … Continue reading

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Hunting Rituals of the Northern Plains

For my final presentation, I looked at indigenous hunting rituals among tribes of the northern plains. I was unable to find many sources on this topic until I found Howard Harrod’s book, The Animals Came Dancing, in the library and … Continue reading

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Placing blame

It blows my mind that the alcoholism rate for adults in Pine Ridge is 80%. The US National alcoholism rate is only 15%. This is just one of the many statistics that highlight the stark differences between life off and … Continue reading

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Media and the Lakota

After experiencing the final project presentations yesterday, I decided to dedicate my final blog post to the issue of Indigenous Peoples in the media. We had two interesting presentations on the topic: from the media team we learned about the … Continue reading

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Completing the Circle

For my ceremony reflection, I posted on this blog about what it means to “Break the Circle.”  I finished the paper with these sentiments: “While I am still conflicted as to what exactly constitutes a broken circle, I now realize … Continue reading

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My Time At Pine Ridge

When I first came to Pine Ridge I felt scared and alone could not shake the feeling that this was not my home yet I gave it an open heart and mind and left myself open to whatever I could … Continue reading

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Circles

Someone mentioned the idea of the circle during the last pipe ceremony with Celinda and it has really stuck with me. The idea of the circle: to really have no beginning or ending. Or at least to have a beginning … Continue reading

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My Personal Pipe Practice

Throughout this class I have been exposed to many beautiful spiritual practices that have moved me. Pipe ceremony, in particular, was a ceremony that brought me both clarity and connection to those around me. As a form of council, pipe … Continue reading

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Gratitude and Wochangi

Since the very first reading of the class, Eliade’s idea of chora and kairos has been a motif for me.  These terms are respectively place and moments with unrepeatable emotional significance.  I have had chora and kairos countless times from … Continue reading

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I have been talking about the connection I felt with the whole class ever since we were up on pine ridge. This connection is completely organic and positive in nature. I have felt that the emotions everybody is feeling has … Continue reading

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