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Elders sharing in culture

By Miranda Leybourne  Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Sacred teachings, wisdom and prayers united a group of Dakota, Nakota and Lakota elders and knowledge keepers from their traditional territories in Canada and the United States at the Keystone Centre in Brandon on Tuesday and Wednesday. They used the event, called “Oceti Sakowin icipes unkikcupte,” or “Taking Back the Seven Sacred Council Fires,” to explore traditional roles of men and women in Dakota, Nakota and Lakota culture, language, residential schools, genealogy, traditional lands research, connection to lands and more. Sioux Valley Dakota Nation elder and knowledge keeper Eugene Ross went to the event to share the richness of Dakota culture through his large display of historical artifacts, including beaded baby bonnets, a feather headdress, traditional hunting and gathering tools and star blankets.

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