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American Indian Day
Cultural Program Schedule
Friday, September 12, 2014

For additional information on Cultural Programs contact us toll free at 1-800-798-3452 or by email at

Dreamcatcher workshop

Capture the Spirit ... A cultural art workshop with the students of St. Joseph’s Indian School

Students of St. Joseph’s Indian School will present Capture the Spirit, a cultural workshop on crafting a dreamcatcher;during this workshop you will learn how the dreamcatcher originated and the importance it held with the Lakota culture.

Two workshops will be held starting at 9:15 AM on Friday, Sept. 12; one in the classroom at the museum and a second in the Rec Center. These workshops are limited to 20 people per workshop.

Tasunka: A Lakota Horse Legend

Tasunka: A Lakota Horse Legend Book Reading and Signing
Author/Illustrator: Don F. Montileaux, Oglala Lakota
Lakota translation by: Agnes Gay, Lakota

Montileaux’s new book Tasunka: A Lakota Horse Legend is an ancient Lakota tale featuring a Lakota translation by Agnes Gay. Set to the beautiful, ledger-style illustrations Montileaux is known for, the tale illuminates the story of the horse and its importance to the plains people. Montileaux and Gay are teaming up to provide a reading of this beautiful tale in both English and Lakota!

Reading will be held at 10:00 AM on Friday, Sept. 12 in the theater area of the museum with a book signing to follow.

Lakota medicine wheel

The Medicine Wheel

What is a Medicine Wheel? What does it mean? Join John Beheler, former St. Joseph's Indian School student and enrolled member of the Yanktonai Dakota tribe will explain the meaning of this sacred symbol used by Plains tribes and others for medicine, health and life-balance.

Workshop will be held at 10:30 AM on Friday, Sept. 12 in the outdoor Medicine Wheel Garden area at the museum.

Dallas Chief Eagle, hoop dancer

The Hoop of Life — Dallas Chief Eagle

Dallas Chief Eagle, Rosebud Lakota is a master of the hoop dance. For Dallas, the hoop dance is more than a dance; it is a way of keeping Lakota traditions alive. The ancient and honorable tradition of the hoop dance explains the Plains Indian world view as the hoops intersect and grow into ever more complex shapes, always and forever returning to the beginning. His 27 hoops represent the different colors and sizes of trees, which, to Dallas, also represent the diversity of life.

Join us for a stunning performance by Dallas Chief Eagle on Friday, Sept. 12 at 3:00 PM in the Rec Center.


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