Denise E. 1,485 Posted July 27, 2016 Report Share Posted July 27, 2016 (edited) I am hunka Lakota and have lived the family ways as taught to me for over 25 years. Ceremonies are a very important part of every day life. One of the Lakota's Seven Sacred Rites is the Sun Dance Ceremony. This ceremony takes place during the summer and many families host / sponsor this ceremony (hundreds across the US on and off reservation). Prayers are for the good of the people. One of our Lakota Chiefs spoke to us about how important the dogs were to the Lakotas, they weren't pets they were family (Lakota called them Sunka) and when the horse came along they named it Sunka Wakan. The ancestors had great respect for their dogs. After our ceremony was over we traveled from Dallas back to the grounds and both AI Dogs got to sniff and check it all out. Tayamni was on my trail that I took from my tent to the Purification lodges, well until it merged with a car trail and then she lost interest. I enjoyed watching her track for the little while she did! Entrance to grounds, a Chief.s tipi Chief Crow Dog Jr Our camp's kitchen a deer track by our tent site & view from the tent: a gift for the little people! Keeping watch around the tipi fire, and full moon over singers camp: visiting some Memorial plaques: AI Dog approved Srawberry moon (farmer's almanac) / moon when berries are good (Lakota) Thank you for letting Tayamni & Coffey share this with you! Edited July 27, 2016 by Denise E. 7 Quote Link to post Share on other sites
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