Humility

Throughout the wonderful time we have spent together as a group, we have all grown to understand the concept of humility in a new way. Whether it was by learning more about traditional Lakota ceremonies, that horseback riding isn’t as easy as it seems to be, or understanding that things don’t always go as expected. Read More…

A quick update from the field

Our CI’s reported that today, “Students hiked to the top of Black Elk Peak, formerly known as Harney Peak, to share in the rituals of tobacco offerings and recreating and remembering the journeys that many Lakota took from the reservation to their sacred mountain in the Black Hills.”

Curiosity

At the beginning of our ten-day journey, none of us had any idea what to expect. Then, on Day 2, we met Buzz Ironcloud. Buzz encouraged us to ask questions, no matter how simple or complicated they might seem. He shared personal stories with us about his childhood, as well as many unique experiences that Read More…

Learning About the Significance of the Horse

Our course instructors report that students spent the day learning about the significance of the horse to the Lakota cultural and also had the chance to go on a horseback ride. While riding, the group had the chance to speak with several Lakota about the role of horses in their culture.

Pine Ridge Commentary

On the first day of this course, we learned that the children’s camp was canceled. Bewildered and disappointed, the instructors engaged their thirteen years of experience leading the Pine Ridge course to create a meaningful program in ethical leadership. The first lesson was handed to us in the news of the canceled camp: how to Read More…

Compassion

Before embarking on this 10 day experience, we were all very excited to be working with children at the Children’s Healing Camp in the Black Hills. However, due to circumstances outside of our control, we have not been able to do so, as the Healing Camp was moved to a later date. We have participated Read More…

The Inipi and Black Hills

The Inipi: we took part in a traditional Lakota ceremony called inipi, which means “to live”, and is shaped like the mother’s womb, representing rebirth. The inipi is a dark canvassed tent that is heated with many hot stones from a fire. Inside, we sit by decreasing age in a circle, and participate in prayers Read More…

Learning Cultural Traditions

On our first morning in Pine Ridge, we stood in a circle from oldest to youngest age as tradition in the Lakota heritage. Women were on one side and men on the other. To get to know each other, we went around and said each others names. Then, we took our first step into the Read More…

Welcome to the Pine Ridge Travel Journal

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text letter_spacing=””]The travel journal will be the place for students to share their experience while traveling. Once the students are on-site, they are asked to post reflections, observations, pictures, stories, poems, and more. Our whole community appreciates the opportunity to be part of the group’s adventure, and as the course comes to an end, each Read More…

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