The Quilt — Owíŋza

Aktá Lakota Museum 1301 N. Main St., Chamerlain, SD

The Quilt - Owíŋža opened on June 13 at the Aktá Lakota Museum. The new exhibit features quilts from 1893 to contemporary that are in the museum’s private collection. These quilts are a testament to the powerful tradition, aesthetic, artisanship, and resiliency of the Lakota culture. When the buffalo was at the center of Lakota […]

STORY TIME WITH UŊČÍ & LALÁ
The Raccoon and the Bee Tree

Aktá Lakota Museum 1301 N. Main St., Chamerlain, SD

Today our story is The Raccoon and the Bee Tree authored by Charles A. Eastman and Elaine Goodale Eastman; illustrated by Susan Turnbul. About the story:  This tale is 100 years old and is an American Indian tale. Traditionally told only verbally Charles Eastman decided to put the story into print at his wife’s suggestion. […]

Museum Monday — Vera K. Boyd
Journey Into the Past

Aktá Lakota Museum 1301 N. Main St., Chamerlain, SD

Journey into the Past with Vera K. Boyd introduces audiences to the First Nations people who made their homes in southeastern South Dakota – Omaha, Ponca, and Ioway – and discusses their traditional way of life. Farming techniques and crops are reviewed; artifacts, sample trade items, replicas of a dog travois, tools, and pottery are […]

STORY TIME WITH UŊČÍ & LALÁ
The Rough-Face Girl

Aktá Lakota Museum 1301 N. Main St., Chamerlain, SD

Today our story is The Rough-Face Girl by Rafe Martin; illustrated by David Shannon. About the story:  In an Algonquin village by the shores of Lake Ontario, many young women have tried to win the affections of the powerful Invisible Being who lives with his sister in a great wigwam near the forest. Then came […]

Museum Monday — Dr. Brad Tennant
The Lewis and Clark Expedition

Aktá Lakota Museum 1301 N. Main St., Chamerlain, SD

In his presentation The Lewis and Clark Expedition, Dr. Brad Tennant covers various aspects of the Lewis and Clark Journals even though they have been published for nearly 200 years and studied for the entire time that they have been in existence. Dr. Tennant covers the topics of food/nutrition, wildlife, military, and the aspects of […]

STORY TIME WITH UŊČÍ & LALÁ
The Star People: A Lakota Legend

Aktá Lakota Museum 1301 N. Main St., Chamerlain, SD

Today our story is The Star People: A Lakota Legend written and illustrated by S. D. Nelson, and read by Dakota Uåçi Belinda. About the story:  A grandmother's love is forever in this story of remembrance and tradition from award-winning author and member of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe S. D. Nelson Sister Girl and […]

Museum Monday
Alfreda Beartrack-Algeo
Lakota Author, Storyteller, Artist

Aktá Lakota Museum 1301 N. Main St., Chamerlain, SD

Alfreda Beartrack-Algeo, Lakota author, storyteller, poet, artist, and illustrator uses various art forms as a means to tell her stories.  Alfreda will read her first published children's book The Day The Earth Rose Up based on her version of how the Pleiades, the Seven Sisters star formation came to be. Alfreda says, “It is a […]

STORY TIME WITH UŊČÍ & LALÁ
The Buffalo Jump

Aktá Lakota Museum 1301 N. Main St., Chamerlain, SD

Today our story is The Buffalo Jump by Peter Roop, illustrated by Bill Farnsworth. About the story:  Little Blaze wants to be the buffalo runner who leads the herd over the buffalo jump cliff. Each jump means food for his people and new buffalo skins for robes and lodges. A jump is also a chance […]

MUSEUM MONDAY — Robyn Knecht
Equine Therapy — Meet Our Horses

Aktá Lakota Museum 1301 N. Main St., Chamerlain, SD

To the Lakota, a šúŋkawakȟán — horse — is a relative. A four-legged friend and companion that provided transportation, friendship, and pride. The horse is revered for its grace and bravery. Today, many Lakota people still look to the horse to provide healing from trauma, anxiety, and mental and emotional distress, among others. Healing from internal or […]

MUSEUM MONDAY
Geraldine Goes In Center
History of Lakota Food & Diet

Aktá Lakota Museum 1301 N. Main St., Chamerlain, SD

Jerry Goes In Center presents the history of the diet of Lakota people, covering pre-reservation, early reservation, and present time. The presentation includes information on the types of food Lakota people consumed and how foods were preserved and prepared. About the Presenter:  Geraldine (Jerry) Goes In Center, Oglala Lakota, and Great-granddaughter of William Lip (Pute), […]

MUSEUM MONDAY — JACE DECORY
LAKOTA THOUGHTS ON EQUITY & ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION

Aktá Lakota Museum 1301 N. Main St., Chamerlain, SD

Jace DeCory presents the topic of Lakota thought and philosophy regarding the outlook on cultural values and the environment, including climate change, sacred Lakota sites, and environmental justice.  DeCory’s presentation weaves these issues into a discussion of the concept of wólakota — being in balance with the world around us — physically, mentally, emotionally, and […]