|Day 8: Lakota medicine wheel in Art Alley, Rapid City|
|Day 4: "Off road" in Pine Ridge|
Along with a colleague and six undergraduates, I took a journey of listening and learning over the past two weeks in a Native American studies course hosted at the Wheaton Science Station in the Black Hills, SD. Rather than approaching this as a class with two professors and six students, we were eight learners.
|Day 1: Learning to raise a teepee from OLC Lakota Culture scholar|
|Day 1: The teepee|
In the midst of lamenting the horrors of Wounded Knee and White Clay--an 1890 vengeance massacre by the 7th Cavalry (Custer's former unit) and a pernicious Nebraska outpost whose sole purpose is to sell alcohol to Pine Ridge reservation, respectively--we also witnessed gleaming stories of hope.
|Day 3: Bison herd in the Black Hills, back from 1900 worldwide population of 1,000|
|Day 6: The Tragedy of Wounded Knee|
|Day 5: Rainbows _before_ the storm on Pine Ridge|
|Day 10: Bear Butte vistas and prayer flags|
There were also moments of just pure delight: to wit, digging up timpsula (prairie turnips) and eating them raw right then and there.
|Day 4: Digging for timpsula (prarie turnip)|
|Day 10: Summitting Bear Butte, a sacred place of reflection and beauty.|
|Day 8: Visiting the ever-changing, fragile yet powerful Art Alley in Rapid City|
|Day 10: Bear Butte|
|Day 8: Art Alley|
|Day 10: At Bear Butte, yes: all of the bison was used|