TOUR OVERVIEW - Lakota Storyteller
Everything you have ever heard, read or imagined about the history and lifeways of the Plains Indian Nations beckons as you enter the world of the Lakota, people of the Buffalo Nation. It is through song and dance and storytelling that the culture has survived and though detractors may call indigenous stories ‘myths and legends’, to do so is dismissive of history, culture and values, lived and passed down by the People.
Did you know the oral tradition imbues each story keeper with great responsibility, and that it is only when one relies on writing that are details forgotten? Join the circle and relax in the company of fine historians and storytellers; the guardians of centuries-old wisdom.
Take this opportunity to traverse the wide open prairies, shining mountains and mighty rivers of the Great Sioux Nation, to hear of legendary figures such as Sitting Bull, Crazy Horse, Hump, Man Afraid, Black Elk, to stand where they stood, see what they saw and to feel their struggles and triumphs.
Lakota Storyteller creates a once in a lifetime experience for anyone who feels an affinity with the indigenous cultures of the Great Plains and the desire to interact with, learn of and hear from the people whose history, stories and spirituality are held within these lands.
Paha Sapa - Sacred Black Hills
Maco Sika - Badlands
Mato Tipila - Devils Tower
Mato Paha - Bear Butte
Wazi Ahanhan Oyanke - Pine Ridge Indian Reservation
The Oglala Nation POWWOW! -
The video above speaks to all Go Native America Lakota journeys
1 - Enter He Sapa Wakan – The Heart of Everything That Is., See the place of the Lakota genesis at Wind Cave and search for buffalo
2 - At The Place of the Thunders, Black Elk Peak, experience the tradition of storytelling, listen for the earthy Native American Flute.
3 - Walk the circle in the shadow of the Great Bear at Mato Tipila (Devils’ Tower) and learn the deep spiritual significance of the area
4 - Sacred and serene, Bear Butte is the Center of the Cheyenne Universe, and is the Lakota's place of the Vision Quest.
5 - In the ragged moonscape of harsh arid beauty, the Badlands, we listen for stories of the Spirit Prayer Movement (Ghost Dance)
6 - Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, poorest county in the US for 40 years! But in culture and art, perhaps one of the richest
7 - Visit Native galleries and trading posts in Rapid City, then tonight we are off to the POWWOW! Hear the Heartbeat of the Nations and witness the sacred traditional dances as bells jangle, dresses jingle and drums pound.
Where: South Dakota
When: Oct 6-13, 2019
Arrive Rapid City, SD (Oct 6)
Depart Rapid City, SD (Oct 14)
$3947 per person (no single supplement)
CAN I EXTEND THIS TOUR?
Extend this tour with a variety of day tours in the area - please call the office for information 307 699 6015
In and out of Rapid City, SD, (RAP) Dates as above. Please do NOT book flights until your departure is confirmed.
This trip is based on single room accommodation with no single supplement. For sharing prices, please call +1. 307. 699. 6015
Is camping available?
No. This trip is well priced for the activities and accommodations that are included, but by this point in the year camping is too cold and uncomfortable for most people.
This trip is not a high activity tour, but all participants must be of reasonable fitness and be able to walk uneven paths and to take short hikes. If you have special needs, please let us know - we will be able to arrange something that works for you and your needs
This will be sent to you upon payment of your balance. But thinking ahead, you will not need much 'stuff' to have a great time - we are informal - no dressing for dinner, nowhere 'posh' to go to - jeans, tees, a sweatshirt/sweater and a fleece work great. Just don't forget your passport, your credit card, sun specs and sunscreen, phone (for the camera!) and charger. Please only bring what you can carry easily yourself :)
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