The Lakota Cultural Center recently received a $20,000 grant from the First Nations Development Institute of Longmont, Colorado. This award will support the efforts of the Lakota Cultural Center’s The Next Generation of Lakota Cultural Art Bearers – A Collaboration to Pass on Generational Knowledge programs.
This project will help to pass on important cultural arts and knowledge from the Elder generation onto the next generations on the Cheyenne River Reservation. Each youth/family participant who completes their course and finishes their art piece will received a $30 gift certificate to the Lakota Artist Supply Store at the Culture Center (this supply store was supported through a 2016 First Nations Art Initiative Grant through The Keya Foundation). The Teachers will be supported through an honorarium as well as travel funds to get to and from the location.
Lyndee Hill and Marsha Eagle Chasing are teaching beadwork, how to make earrings, medallions and loom work. Marvin Noisy Hawk and Westley Redday are working with children on dream catchers and drumsticks. Ray Dupris is teaching the art of creating hand drums, lacing and working with rawhide. Margaret Eagle Staff and her family are passing on the art of shawl making, sewing and heming.
The Keya Foundation of Eagle Butte will be helping to organize the efforts along with the staff of the Lakota Cultural Center. The Lakota Cultural Center provides a deep cultural heritage within their organization and the facility will enrich the educational courses.
For more information or if you have a cultural arts skillset you would enjoy passing on to the next generation, please contact Trini Bird Necklace, Director of the Lakota Cultural Center in Eagle Butte 605-964-2542.