Category Archives: Block 3: 2011-12

Foreign

FOREIGN Going to the Pine Ridge Reservation is like entering a foreign country. As soon as we crossed into the reservation I felt like a stranger and a tourist in a way I’ve never felt anywhere else, even when I … Continue reading

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Authenticity

Authenticity has been coming up a lot for me this weekend. I don’t have any answers and won’t pretend to, but I’ve tried to sort through some of the weird dynamics that were going on and where we fit into … Continue reading

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It’s complicated…

The word that I use most frequently when people ask me about my experience at Pine Ridge is ‘complicated’. I fumble trying to think of where to begin the discussion. Usually I start with generalities of the trip: We spent … Continue reading

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Pine Ridge Reflection: Sweat Lodge

When I heard that we were gonna be doing a sweat lodge for the first night, I laughed inside. I had previously searched for places in Colorado Springs area that had saunas and found this a funny coincidence. When we … Continue reading

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Attempting to Respond to Unanswerable Questions

I have spent the past couple of days since returning back to campus trying to process the many complexities and emotions from my time in Pine Ridge.  I decided that if I waited until Sunday to write this blogpost that … Continue reading

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Understanding Stolen Lands

Growing up, my mothers always stressed that Christopher Columbus and other explorers and colonizers in no way discovered the land we know as the Americas, nor do they deserve celebration for the decimation of cultures and people. The curriculum that … Continue reading

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Unity Through Prayer

Spending a week on the Lakota Reservation is something I never thought I would do. In each class I’ve taken at Colorado College, I’ve read about different cultures, religions, and practices, but I have never been able to experience them … Continue reading

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Living Culture

Thinking back to our time at Pine Ridge, even from a distance of two days, it already seems a world apart.  In the lead up to the trip I definitely had some expectations, both conscious and unconscious. Throughout my life … Continue reading

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Reflections of Trip to Pine Ridge-How do we Act Towards Indigenous Cultures and the Role of Tradition in Society

Something that I have noticed over the length of this class—and especially during our trip to Pine Ridge—is the difference between the way in which we (we meaning myself first of all and than our class) treat our own culture … Continue reading

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Post Pine Ridge Reflection

One thing that was constantly on my mind while we were at Pine Ridge was the role and function of religious life for the Lakota community. While in the sweat lodge, I was thinking about how instrumental ceremonies like this … Continue reading

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