Lakota Culture

On the wind-swept plains of South Dakota, you can almost imagine what life was like hundreds of years ago ... at the time when the Sioux called this land their own.

Their lives were lived close to the land and nature. Because of this, they felt all things - from the sun's rays to the smallest ant - were the work of Wakan Tanka, the Grandfather Spirit. The sun, sky and winds were all part of the Great Spirit.

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Latest Activity: Dec 14, 2019

The Lakota (pronounced [laˈkˣota]; also known as Teton, Titunwan ("prairie dwellers"), Teton Sioux ("snake, or enemy") are an indigenous people of the Great Plains. They are part of a confederation of seven related Sioux tribes,the Oceti Šakowiŋ or seven council fires, and speak Lakota, one of the three major dialects of the Sioux language.

The Lakota are the western-most of the three Sioux-language groups, occupying lands in both North and South Dakota. The seven bands or "sub-tribes" of the Lakota are:

Sicaŋǧu (Brulé, Burned Thighs)
Oglala ("They Scatter their Own)
Itazipco (Sans Arc, Without Bows)
Huŋkpapa ("End Village," Camps at the End of the Camp Circle)
Miniconjou ("Plant beside the Stream," Planters by the Water)
Sihasapa ("Black Feet")
Oóhenuŋpa (Two Kettles)

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Comment by Michael Johnson on December 14, 2019 at 3:02am
Comment by Michael Johnson on December 14, 2019 at 3:00am

Seven seas seven skies
Lightning strikes and brave men die
Tatanka great, Tatanka small
When darkness comes they kill them all

You take what you want but you don't ask
You're future doesn't lie with things of the past
The search for freedom will never be found
As long as we stand upon this sacred ground

The curse of the curses upon the land
One day Tatanka will make a stand
Take back the soul of mother nature
Give back the spirit of a world endangered
Tatanka comes, stand and deliver

The souls of the brave lie on forever
The tale of tears is a tale of courage
Tatanka comes from across the river

Chorus repeat

The battles were fought and the damage was done
The wars not over its just begun
The debt that's owed will never be payed
The promised land will never be saved

The curse of curses fire on the land
Today Tatanka has made a stand
Their forefathers dreams, hopes, and vision
Through children's eyes has it been forgiven

Chorus repeat

Le Lakota tolowan yelo

Channi tatanka oyate ki
Icic' upi nahan taku un
Umnipi nahan unkotipi kte k'un
Lepa unk' upelo
Wasicu ki ahi nahan
Wicakasota pi tka
Tatanka tawowakan ki lena

This is a song for the Lakota

Long time ago the buffalo
Nation gave themselves
So we can survive and
Have shelter
The white man came
And wiped them out
But we still have the spirit
The power of the buffalo

Tatanka comes, stand and deliver
The souls of the brave live forever
The trail of the rears is a tale of courage
Tatanka comes, Tatanka comes

Comment by Ravenblu on July 28, 2012 at 9:26pm

I was so thrilled to see this group on your page, LadyHawk. I have been studying and following the Lakota Road for many years. I also have strong Wiccan links but they have always been coloured with my Lakota Beliefs. It was wonderful to find this page, as I have so much to learn still. Thank you for the opportunity.

Comment by Torch Mills on July 21, 2012 at 4:22pm

Sweat lodge, Background, Sacred altar, middle, Sacred Fire and Rocks, Foreground

Comment by Torch Mills on July 21, 2012 at 4:19pm

Sweat Lodge, or Inipi Sacred Ceremonial Sweat Tent

Comment by Torch Mills on July 21, 2012 at 4:00pm

Comment by Torch Mills on July 21, 2012 at 3:56pm

Chanunpa Sacred Pipe, only for Sacred Ceremonies

Comment by Torch Mills on July 21, 2012 at 3:55pm

Sacred Sweat Lodge Altar with Buffalo Skull, Offerings, and Pipe Bundle, and Used Sacred Rocks

Comment by Torch Mills on July 21, 2012 at 3:53pm

Elder Russel Means, AIM Leader and Lakota Spokesman

Comment by Torch Mills on July 21, 2012 at 3:51pm

Floyd Red Crow Westerman, My Lakota Mentor


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