by Cheyenne Banasik
Today was our first day at our leadership camps. My group stayed in Kyle, attending the Little Wound School, a K-12 school big on basketball. David and Nyla Swallow discussed the roles of men and women in the Lakota culture. Everyone has equal worth, but you earn respect through wisdom and age. We also learned about the different ceremonies for each coming of age, which I found very interesting.
Our students bonded with the Lakota youth through Nahmie’s ridiculous ice breakers, like “mingle mingle” where we walked back and forth waving our hands, mumbling mingle mingle, but they worked, because we got to know everyone on a more personal level.
Later, after dinner we trekked over to the Wounded Knee massacre site. As I read excerpts of the massacre, and witnessed the mass burial sites, I was overwhelmed with emotion. I look forward to the rest of the week, and hope to grow an even stronger bond with my new Lakota friends.