Indigenous studies students experience Lakota bison harvest

Feb 15th, 2011 | By | Category: 22-3: Food Sovereignty, Spring 2011, Tribal College News

Photo by Whitney Erwin

BISON HARVEST 360. Students in an Indigenous studies workshop in spring 2010 at the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) learned the theory and practice of a traditional Lakota bison harvest. Wilmer Mesteth (Sicangu Lakota), an instructor at Oglala Lakota College in South Dakota, helped them offer the appropriate songs and prayers before killing the bison. After butchering it, the students were exhausted, according to Lindsey M. Compton (Sicangu Lakota), a student at IAIA, who organized the workshop.

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