The Lakota Elders Project: “A unique generational bridge” – Great Plains of America

Uploaded on Jul 26, 2011

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Long ago, the Lakota people lived on the Great Plains of America, surviving in the Great Circle, at one with the land and with each other. In those times, the Lakota called themselves Oyate Pte – the Buffalo Nation. Today, many refer to the history of the Lakota people as the “Seven Generational Ages.”
In September 2005, through a collaboration of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, Tunxis Community College, and hawkwing, Inc., a camera crew traveled to Eagle Butte, South Dakota to capture the wisdom and experiences of the Cheyenne River Sioux Elders. The goal of the project was to preserve an important part of the Lakota culture for its children.
These Elders hold a unique generational bridge. They studied with their Parents and Grandparents who lived before the time of reservations, when the Lakota were still free people. They hold the last living link to the period “before the white man came,” and with that, an important story.
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