We begin our day by discovering yet another way to arrive at our destination so we have the opportunity to witness more of the beauty of this sacred land. An important aspect of the healing camp is to incorporate the Lakota culture and healing practices. Many of the children and parents that attend the camp have not been connected or become disconnected with their culture. One ceremony that helps provide that connection is the Lakota naming ceremony that occurs in the evenings. They are also provided with the chance to learn the Lakota language, arts and other aspects of their culture by talented teachers.
The children begin to become more comfortable with and trusting us as evidenced by the stories they share about the struggles they’ve experienced. They also demonstrate their resilience and beginning of their healing by participating in a variety of exercises and practices to encourage emotional regulation and an improved quality of life. We end our day together by a community sharing of a meal provided by Lakota women of traditional food including buffalo and fry bread.
– Deb Stelmach