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STORY TIME WITH UŊČÍ & LALÁ
The Cottonwood Sings

June 4 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am

Join us for Story Time every Tuesday at 10:30 AM CDT. While the program is designed for elementary-age children, stories read by elders from the Lakota and Dakota communities will be captivating for children of all ages.

Today our story is The Cottonwood Sings.  Written and illustrated by Alfreda Beartack-Algeo, Lakota.
Published by 7th Generation. (May 2023)

About the story:  The Cottonwood Sings is the delightful story of the lovely Hunku (First Woman), who was immortal and never aged. The animals and plants loved her, but Hunku was lonely. Every day she would go to the riverbank and cry herself to sleep. Beaver, who lived in the river, fell in love with the beautiful Hunku and begged the Great Spirit to turn him into a man. The Great Spirit agreed, and Beaver became Takahe (First Man), but the Great Spirit told him that one day he would have to go back to being Beaver. Hunku and Takahe enjoyed their life together, and they had four beautiful daughters. The day finally came when Beaver had to return to the river. Hunku missed her companion and asked the Great Spirit to turn her into a tree so she could always be close to Beaver. The Great Spirit agreed to her request, and to this day you will find cottonwood trees living near bodies of water and beavers living near cottonwood trees.

A cultural activity will follow the reading. The event is free and open to everyone – come join the fun!

Details

Date:
June 4
Time:
10:30 am - 11:30 am
Event Category:
https://aktalakota.stjo.org/

Organizer

Aktá Lakota Museum
Phone:
800.798.3452
Email:
aktalakota@stjo.org
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Venue

Aktá Lakota Museum
St. Joseph's Indian School
Chamberlain, SD 57325 United States
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Phone:
800.798.3452