Today was our first full day with campers at the Healing Camp. We were able to spend a morning doing interactive activities designed to recognize and regulate feelings and emotions. The campers also worked with an art therapist, rode horses, went to a movie, and played group games. Tonight, they will participate in traditional Lakota healing practices, including the sweat lodge and a naming ceremony.
The camp has a family feel to it. Each camper brings an adult with them, and many bring along siblings and cousins. There are grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and siblings of all ages at the camp. All of them are here to help the camper heal from a traumatic experience or loss through support and kinship. Everyone helps with the activities and chores.
After camp, we went to the site of Wounded Knee and observed themass grave and the graves around it.