Category Archives: Block 3: 2011-12

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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Fly Fishing the Little Bighorn River

During our discussion of disembodiment this morning I found myself unavoidably thinking about something that happened in my life during the summer of 2012. What particularly sparked this memory was our discussion about healthcare, and how holistic treatments of both … Continue reading

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After Thinking About Hooping and Cultural Appropriation

After my presentation today, I left both satisfied and troubled. I think it was particularly when Bruce asked me directly, “Well, do you think that hooping a form of cultural appropriation?” I obviously scrambled for answer. I think that it’s … Continue reading

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Lakota Language

  For my independent project, I made a felted child’s toy to explore Lakota Language. The point is to explain the importance of  early language acquisition before puberty to revitalize the Lakota language. I made a felt background of South … Continue reading

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