He Sapa Woihanble: Black Hills Dream

Edited by Craig Howe et al.
He Sapa Woihanble - Black Hills Dream

He Sapa Woihanble: Black Hills Dream

Edited by Craig Howe et al.
  • Paperback
  • Living Justice Press (2011)
  • SKU: 9780972188692
Regular price $20.00
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He Sapa Woihanble is a collection of writings by members of the Oak Lake Writers Society, a South Dakota statewide organization of Lakota, Dakota, and Nakota writers. In it, the writers express through eloquent prose, poetry, and personal stories their profound spiritual relationships to He Sapa, the land known to many as the Black Hills of South Dakota. They speak of the beauty and power of that land, as well as the painful history of its appropriation by the United States. The vision of this book, its dream, its woihanble, is to present Native perspectives on He Sapa, the spiritual center and homeland of the Oceti Sakowin, the Seven Council Fires people. The Oceti Sakowin people, collectively but incorrectly referred to as Sioux, are comprised of three major subdivisions: Lakotas, Nakotas, and Dakotas. He Sapa refers to a breathtakingly beautiful ecosystem of pine-covered hills, steep-walled rock canyons, countless caves, and meandering meadows that rise out of the northern Plains like an ocean island. In the Lakota language, he means a ridge of mountains, and sapa means black. From a distance, the blue and gray haze and the dark dense green colors of the pines and cedars shift subtly and settle deeply into black, thus the name. Today this area is known in English as the Black Hills of South Dakota. . . . Our hope now is that this volume will contribute to an increased understanding of the shared histories of all citizens of South Dakota, as well as the shared histories of all the peoples and nations who know and love the Black Hills. This dream is our He Sapa Woihanble.  From the Introduction by Craig Howe and Lydia Whirlwind Soldier

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