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Wo’yawas’te (To Bless/Praise Things)

A 75-minute sharing of the Lakota culture to provide greater perspective of our world and an offering of healing energy for our times.

Every year for the last decade Ted has taken a small group of people to spend a day on the Pine Ridge Reservation, so that they can experience some of the gifts that he has been given from the Lakota people.  

Because of COVID and its effects, he was not able to visit this year.  He has asked two of his Lakota friends, Tasunka Najin, (Guss Yellowhair), father, grandfather, professor, teacher, expert in the Lakota ways, and his daughter Sahiyela Win, (Tianna Yellowhair), mother, teacher, artist, businesswoman, if they would be willing to share a bit of their culture.  They agreed and wanted to know if they could offer us some healing energy for these times.

What they will be sharing is a presentation entitled Wo’yawas’te (to bless or praise things).  This will be a 75-minute presentation, appropriate for all ages. They will give of the gifts that their culture has to bring and are willing to receive what we have to offer.

During our time together they will be:

  • Offering a traditional Lakota welcome
  • Sharing stories that are used in their culture to teach their children important values of living (and reminding adults of those also)
  • Sharing artifacts from their culture that bring meaning and connection to their world
  • Offering a Lakota blessing and healing ceremony for all of us at this moment in time

The gathering will take place on Sunday, August 16th from 4:00 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. Central time through Zoom. We do ask that participants log in at 3:45 p.m. Central.  We have a limited number of spaces available. This will be a live event and due to the history of people from our culture who tend to appropriate (rather than appreciate) things of other cultures, we will not be able to offer a recording option.  

COVID has devastated many parts of the world’s economy, and the Pine Ridge is no exception.  Guss and Tianna created the only Native Tour Company on the Pine Ridge (Tatanka Rez Tourz) and it typically affords them a significant part of their yearly income.  Tourism is non-existent this year.  We are therefore asking you to make a $50 contribution for attending, which will be going to them.

If you are unable to pay, but would still like to be a part of the gathering, please email Brenda at brenda@klontzconsulting.com.  We don't want anyone to miss out due to financial constraints and Ted is willing to pay Guss and Tianna on your behalf.

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