Summer Institute Teaches Lakota Culture

Feb 15th, 1990 | By | Category: 1-4: Culture for Survival, Tribal College News

Traditional teaching methods will be used to present Lakota culture during a three week summer institute at Sinte Gleska College.

To be held June 11 to 29, the Lakota Summer Institute will offer seminars on traditional music, art, medicine, history and dance, among others. Participants earn credit from the college.

According to Doris Leader Charge of Sinte Gleska College, the institute has students from across the country and several nations.

“We already have three from Scotland and we’re expecting one more,” she says.

The institute is expected to help change the stereotyped image many people have of Native Americans. “We want people from all over the world to not have the Hollywood perspective,” says Leader Charge.

Courses will be taught by college instructors in the mornings. In the afternoons, Indian elders will take over and field trips will be planned. This type of hands-on learning from community leaders duplicates the traditional educa­tional philosophy of the Lakota.

“Long time ago people were taught by elders,” Leader Charge says. “That’s what we do here.”

Enrollment is accepted as space allows up to the day the institute begins. For more information, call Doris Leader Charge at (605) 856-4463.

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