By: Salena Lee
Today was a busy day for the Health Science Academy Students. We started the day delivering over 100 pumpkins to the youth center for the Lakota children. We also got a chance to go see the first Crazy Horse school football game that they’ve had in a long time, and although they lost, they did a good job. After watching the game, we went to the TNT building to set up for our health camp presentations for the next day and to prepare for a community dinner. As we were setting up, one of the elders came to us and asked if we wanted to learn how to play a Lakota game. Since we were pretty much done setting up, we participated in learning how to play the game. The game was called Sticks, and the elder was telling us that in some tribes, they play for money. He also told us that the game could last for a long time. What you basically do is you have to guess which hand of the other person in the opposing team holds the stick with no marking. If you get it right, the other team has to hand you one of their sticks. If you get it wrong you keep guessing, but you’ll have to hand over one stick for each wrong guess. We had a lot of fun learning how to play the game, and the elder was really generous, because he gave us the game set that he used to teach us so that we can share with our classmates and others. Even though today was a busy day, the experiences today and for our time here are ones that won’t be easily forgotten.