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University Of There
 Plains Indians Classes

taught by june_uruTMP

The Classes - Free.

Held on the Second and Fourth Saturdays of each month; times subject to change.

While I do have Lakota Sioux blood in me, I am not to be considered as an authority on Native Americans or their culture nor do I speak for them. Learning about these people's lifestyle and beliefs should be approached with the greatest of respect for their traditional cultures.

I do not have any degrees for teaching  other than life experience. I am a volunteer instructor as are most of the other staff in UOT in this virtual world of There.  http://www.there.com

The Subjects Covered in this Voice Required Course are:

The Story of Fingernail Woman, my great great grandmother

Ant Woman and Bear Legend
Sioux Creation Legend
The Legend of White Buffalo Calf Woman
Culture and Family 
Humor
The Tipi 
Some Animals used by the Plains Indians 
     The Buffalo
     War and Buffalo Ponies
Spirit Guides - Class assignment - Determine your personal guide (s) and class discussion
Food Notes and Some Recipes 
Plants and their uses  
The Dream Catcher Legend 
Games
The Story of White Plume   
Bead Decoration / Art    
Quillwork Decoration / Art  
Star Quilts 
The Apache Tears Legend
Lakota Language
Sioux Legend of the Flute 
The Legend of the Drum  
Some Native American Dances
Direction and Color significance 
Some Sioux Legends

Seven Sacred Rites of the Oglala Sioux
(Serious students of the Plains Indians will appreciate these classes most.)

The Sacred Pipe

    1. Throwing of the Ball  - Tapa Wanka Yap  

    2. Keeping of the Soul - Waki Cagapi  

   
3. Purification Rite (Sweat Lodge) -

    
4. The Vision Quest  - Hanblecheyapi  

    5. The Sun Dance - Wiwanyag Wachipi   May 23, 2009  5 pm PST New Adventures

    6. The Making of Relatives - Hunkapi     
  

    7. Preparing a girl for womanhood - Ishna Ta Awi Cha Lowan   

          Short essay's on each of the 7 Sacred Rituals are required by the end of May to fulfill the graduation requirements of this class. These exercises are to see what each student got out of each class as well as the depth of understanding the reasoning the Native American practices these rituals.
       
 

 

Additional Resources and Suggested Reading:

Black Elk Speaks: Being the Life Story of a Holy Man of the Oglala Sioux by John G. Neihardt

Black Elk: The Sacred Ways of a Lakota by Wallace Black Elk

American Indians, yesterday and today, by Bruce Grant. E. P. Dutton & Co., Inc., New York. 1958.

Crow Dog: Four Generations of Sioux Medicine Men
by Leonard Crow Dog and Richard Erdoes

Gift of Power : The Life and Teachings of a Lakota Medicine Man by Chief Archie Fire Lame Deer and Richard Erdoes

In the Spirit of Crazy Horse by Peter Matthiessen

Lakota Woman by Mary Crow Dog

Lame Deer, Seeker of Visions by Richard Erdoes

The Sacred Pipe, Black Elk's Account of the Seven Rites of the Oglala Sioux. recorded and edited by Joseph Epes Brown. University of Oklahoma Press,1953,1989

The Lakota Way, Stories and lessons for living (Native American wisdom on ethics and character)
by Joseph M. Marshall III, Penguin Compass, 375 Hudson Street, NY, NY 10014, 2002

The Lakota Ritual of the Sweat Lodge, History and Contemporary Practice by Raymond A. Bucko. University of Nebraska Press, 1999.

Yuwipi: Vision and Experience in Oglala Ritual by William K. Powers

A New South Dakota History http://www.augie.edu/cws/SDhistCh1.pdf

http://www.elexion.com/lakota/iyapi/index2.html

http://www.inext.cz/siouan/

Excellent site where you can listen to Sioux words being pronounced. http://www.lakhota.com/stories/story.history.htm

Listen to authentic songs and music while you learn about the Native Americans on this well-done site. http://www.nativecircle.com

Native American graphics used from:

http://www.jsmagic.net/westindians/

http://members.aol.com/poison64/

http://www.thegreasygrass.com/index.html

http://www.samsilverhawk.com/pw/ht/home.html

Other sources are listed under quoted passages in each subject discussed. They have additional information and are worth exploring.

Cultural/Spiritual matters:
http://www.dlncoalition.org/dln_issues/selling_indian_culture.htm
 

 

 

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