Curiosity

Curiosity

Author


Dave & Michael

06th of July, 2017

Travel Journal


Pine Ridge '17

As Albert Einstein once said, “The important thing is to not stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reasons for existing.” Ten of us from all over the country arrived having many different feelings about the journey we were about to embark on. Perhaps the foremost feeling among us was that of curiosity; curiosity about each other, about the place we were about to discover, and about the people that lived there. Our journey commences at Camp Bob Marshall in Custer State Park. Upon arrival, we were greeted with open arms by Lakota of all ages. They invited us to a welcoming ceremony, where we offered up prayers, sang, and gave introductions. In this ceremony, we sat in a circle, eldest to youngest, and west to east, as if we were meeting in a tipi. However, we didn’t make this connection until today, where we set up tipis alongside our Lakota brothers and sisters. Every step in the construction of tipis holds spiritual significance. From the poles, the canvases, the directions, and the stakes, we witnessed Lakota traditions the have been practiced for thousands of years. Though we have only been here for 24 hours, we are excited about the adventure ahead, about the places our insensitivity will lead us, and about the self-discoveries we will make.

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