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The Gift

June 15, 2021 - November 30, 2021

The Gift, based on the traditional Lakota narrative of the coming of the White Buffalo Woman who gave a sacred pipe to Itazipco Oyate people.

The exhibit centers on the seven sacred Lakota ceremonies—‘gifts’—that Black Elk says were foretold by the White Buffalo Woman.

  • Hanbleceya — Vision Quest
  • Hunkapi — Making Relatives
  • Inipi — Purification
  • Isnati Awicalowan — Preparing for Womanhood
  • Tapa Wankayeyapi — Throwing the Ball
  • Wanagi Yuhapi — Keeping a Ghost
  • Wiwanyang Wacipi — Sun Dance

Each gift of these gifts is interpreted by artwork, a poem, and a song created by Lakota artists, poets, and musicians and presented together with the text of each ‘gift’.

This educational exhibit is developed and curated by Craig Howe, Director of the Center for American Indian Research and Native Studies (CAIRNS).


June 15, 2021
November 30, 2021
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Aktá Lakota Museum
St. Joseph's Indian School
Chamberlain, SD 57325 United States