The Cherokee Ranch & Castle Foundation recently hosted a presentation organized by the Tipi Raisers, a nonprofit serving the Oglala Lakota of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. …
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The Cherokee Ranch & Castle Foundation recently hosted a presentation organized by the Tipi Raisers, a nonprofit serving the Oglala Lakota of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota.
During the March 1 event, Lakota drummers and dancers from the Pine Ridge and Standing Rock and Denver traveled to Douglas County to participate in a “wicoti” with locals. A wicoti is a “gathering of the people,” Jeannine Colley, education coordinator at Cherokee Ranch, told the audience at the beginning of the presentation. Throughout the evening at the venue near Sedalia, Lakota drummers played and sang ancient songs as they shared stories of their heritage.
Aside from bringing people together, the event served as a prelude to a youth summit that Cherokee Ranch & Castle Foundation plans to host this summer in collaboration with the Tipi Raisers, aiming to bring youth of all cultures together and to bridge gaps between Native American and non-Native American cultures.
More events will occur in the months leading to the youth summit, planned for September. For more information, visit the Cherokee Ranch & Castle Foundation website, cherokeeranch.org.
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