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    The Akta Lakota Museum & Cultural Center, an educational outreach of St. Joseph’s Indian School, is committed to promoting the knowledge and understanding of the Northern Plains Indian Culture past, present and future, through the preservation of historical artifacts and contemporary works of art. Read more »

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    St. Joseph's Indian School's Alumni & Historical Center was dedicated in May 2013.
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    A wacipi - powwow - is a Native American gathering focused on dance, song and family celebration. It celebrates the connections to tradition and spirituality, to the Earth and to one another in a social, personal and spiritual meeting. View the listing of South Dakota area powwows »

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Tapun Sa Win now on Exhibit!

Tapun Sa Win now on Exhibit!

The third exhibition developed under the auspices of the CAIRNS educational art exhibition initiative, titled Tapun Sa Win, is based on a Lakota narrative that established a kinship bond between Lakotas and the Star People.

A baby boy was miraculously born when his Lakota mother Tapun Sa Win (Red Cheek Woman), fell from the sky to her death. His father, a star, was so grief-stricken that he sat down and has remained in that place ever since, the only star that does not move. The boy was raised by Lakotas and grew up to accomplish many wondrous deeds before returning to the sky world of his father’s people.

Twenty-eight emerging and established Lakota artists — seven sculptors, seven musicians, seven painters and seven poets — created original artworks for the passages into which the narrative was divided.

Exhibit is on display at the Akta Lakota Museum through May 2018.