The Art of
The Art of 100 Winters
1 - Spend the day in the sacred Black Hills of the Lakota – Paha Sapa. Tonight is your first Art workshop
2 - Morning witnessing the beauty of the traditional Lakota Badlands, Afternoon Art workshop and Native movie night.
3 - Visit a Lakota artist’s home studio, Red Cloud Heritage Center, lunch in Pine Ridge, Art Workshop and evening Book Club!
4 - Oglala Lakota College Heritage Center, Wounded Knee, afternoon Art Workshop. Evening Lakota language class.
5 - Final Art Workshop, then visit the premier Trading Posts and galleries of the region. Farewell dinner and Native Flute Night.
When: Dates to be announced for 2021
Where: South Dakota
Tribes: Lakota and other inter-tribal art
CAN I EXTEND THIS TOUR?
Some years we do offer extensions to this trip.
Extend this tour with Winter Wolf Song
DID YOU KNOW?
Native American Jewelry: it’s beautiful and when it's created as Art, it is unique
– your friends will never have the same piece you have!
Native jewelry skills range from beading and quillwork to silverwork, wood carving and rocks - turquoise, brown stone, opal, pink stone, onyx, set in silver or copper. Inspiration is rich and usually comes from symbolism, tribal colors and from nature around the people.
Dream-catchers: Totally unique to Native Americans! The dream-catcher art form developed through the Ojibwa tribe and though some say it was never a tradition of the Old Ones, it is certainly a well-established ‘new tradition’ now and has become an economic boom within often impoverished yet artistic families and communities. Featuring sinew strands tied like a web around a round or tear drop shaped frame, it is hung over a bed/cradle to protect children from having bad dreams.
Quill work: An ancient traditional Native American art form. The process of porcupine quilling required catching the porcupine to harvest quills which were then softened, then dyed by boiling with plants, flattened with the front teeth, then woven on birch bark or leather. Quilling is initially difficult and fiddly, and thus considered to be very exclusive. Once beads became available, patterns were transferred
and the popularity of quill work declined.
Beadwork: The colonial powers brought additional trading opportunities and it was through the Spanish and the Europeans that Native people first got access to glass seed beads. Most Native cultures have readily adapted to modern conveniences and not having to capture porcupines for art supplies must have been an
attractive prospect. Patterns were adapted and beading became the ‘in thing’ on the Plains!
MORE TOURS FOR 2019 / 2020
Southwestern culture & powwow burst forth every spring in Albuquerque. Now transferred from The Pit to its new outdoor location, the Gathering of Nations is the perfect culmination of a seven day cultural odyssey through the Native Nations of New Mexico. Explore the ancient origins of the Pueblo, Hopi and Navajo cultures, with guides who live traditional lifeways that have been preserved over the millenia.
The Cheyenne, Kiowa, Shoshone, Bannock, Blackfoot, Arapaho, Nez Perce, and the most recent arrivals, the Crow , are among the twenty-seven tribes with cultural ties to Yellowstone that each know a different story. Within these archives from ancestral memory is found a common theme – the sacred nature of the land named for the Yellow Rock Water and the connection to place, an ancient compact between the two-legged and four and the earth that sustains but is, as yet, still unmade.
Traverse prairies to the sacred Black Hills, the barren beauty of Mako Sica, the Badlands and spend time on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, following the culture & history of the Lakota through great leaders such as Sitting Bull, Red Cloud and Crazy Horse.
PLUS Visit the Northern Cheyenne Reservation.
Visit the sacred lands of the Lakota Sioux in the crisp, sunny weather of the fall, starting at the Lakota place of genesis – Wind Cave. Visit Pine Ridge and Wounded Knee, Paha Sapa - the sacred Black Hills, Mako Sica – the Badlands, Bear Butte, and Mato Tipila. All are sacred sites of the Oceti Sakowin and your extraordinary week celebrating Native culture culminates at the biggest powwow of the season – Oglala Nation Powwow!
Navajo philosophy is epitomized by the phrase ‘Walk In Beauty’, from the sacred prayer, the Blessing Way. Aspiring to that spirit, we enter deep into the cultures and landscapes of the South-western tribal nations; we meet the Navajo, explore the Pueblo cultures, and the ancient wisdom keepers – the Hopi.
Follow the trails of legendary Apache leaders like Geronimo, whose names and deeds reverberate through the canyons, mountains, and deserts of their homelands. Travel through history on a journey that weaves through traditional Chihuahua Apache heartland of the Dragoon and Chihuahua Mountains learning of the intricacies and diversity within Apache cultures.
TOUR OVERVIEW - Create the Art of 100 Winters
Come to South Dakota and experience winter on the Great Plains. Join our Lakota artist guides for a week of exploration and creativity - take field trips to see the places that inspire the beauty of tribal Art and under your guide's expert tutelage, try your own hand at crafting an item in the Lakota tradition.
Field trip to the sacred Black Hills
The Lakota Badlands
Pine Ridge Indian Reservation
Visits to local artists’ home studios
Art workshops and presentations
Learn to speak some Lakota
In winter, the people followed Mother Earth's example, and they rested. Children and adults alike absorbed the knowledge of the elders sitting around the evening camp fire in the frigid darkness, listening to the stories that told the history of their relatives, each story having its time and place to be told.
Many had been told since the beginning of time, and some new; of warfare and other exciting adventures were added to the repertoire. The coldest temperatures often came after the solstice, during the "tree popping moon," when the cold caused trees to split, making an intense noise.
And in this special time of learning there grew the seed of creativity. Tribal people were always concerned with adornment and decoration, for within the creation of beautiful items and clothing lay personal pride in one’s own appearance and stature, as well as honoring for family members and children. For what better way to show love than in hours spent upon an item given to a special person?
The men, during the winter moons, made bows, arrows, and other tools and they decorated hide parfleches and many other functional items with meaningful designs and symbols of medicine. The women would quill or bead endlessly; cut hide with deft hands to make warm clothing or tipi repairs. Moccasins would be fashioned, decorated and stored for daily or ceremonial use by her family, and as the children watched and learned her skills, she explained the designs she had dreamed and brought to life or discussed family designs from across the decades.