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Overview  

The most potent symbol of the tribal connection between spirituality and sovereignty are South Dakota’s Black Hills, or Paha Sapa. The Hills – named for their dark silhouettes smudged against the horizon - have long been of spiritual significance to the Cheyenne and Lakota.  The Lakota always called He Sapa, the Black Hills, 'The Heart Of Everything That Is', and when James B Herrington (Chickasaw), a Native American astronaut took a photograph of the Black Hills from space, unsurprisingly to traditional Lakotas, they looked exactly like a map of the human heart.

 

  About Your Day  

 

  • Spend the morning at Wind Cave, learning of Lakota genesis, visiting the cave entrance from whence The People emerged to the face of the earth.

  • Travel into what is now known as Custer State Park and enjoy lunch at the State Game Lodge, after which you spend time seeking out Tatanka, the buffalo - which was everything to the Lakota: the meat sustained the people, the hides clothed and sheltered them and the bones provided tools and arrowheads. But more importantly, the buffalo was, and remains, a direct spiritual link to the ancestors. And in the undulating grassland, encounter the descendants of the great buffalo herds that once roamed the plains.

  • Among the granite spires and brook laden grassy meadows of the Black Hills experience the tradition of Lakota storytelling.​​

 Where:                         Black Hills of South Dakota                       

 Meeting Place:           Rapid City, SD  

 Tribes:                           Oglala Lakota                                                    

 Activity level:              Very easy  

 Duration:                      9 am-4.30pm                                                   

 Cost:                              $495 

Paha Sapa:

The Sacred Black Hills  

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