Wihakakta Cepapi Wi

     
      It’s been awhile since I’ve written anything on the Plains Indians of  North America. I started writing about them from the inception of this Live Space because I felt it would be a fun and informative diversion from the heavy information I write on the castles. Today I’m doing one in honor of Earth Day because I feel this is a people who truly have celebrated the bounty of the earth even in some of their own misguided ways. We have all contributed to the death of this planet one way or another but we can all also contribute to the saving of it. Believe it, live it and you can achieve it!
     This month was very pivotal for the Sioux nation in particular. The Great Plains stretch from the eastern Missouri River to the southern banks of the North Platte River to the western side of the Big Horn Mountains and upward to Canada in what is referred to by the natives as Grandmother Ground and is home to seven culturally and linguistically related bands of the Lakota people among many other tribes. ( Assiniboin is one I wrote about before.) The name Lakota means "allies" the name they use when referring to each other. The name "Sioux" came from the French fur traders who traveled throughout what is now the United States and means "enemy" which was a misnomer perpetuated by them to fend off their attacks. The truth was that both the Lakota and the fur traders cut into each other’s livelihood so they were, in fact, natural enemies. The most famous Sioux Indian was, of course, Sitting Bull who was the leader of the Hunkpapa Sioux.
     The title of this entry Wihakakta Cepapi Wi  is the Lakota name for the month of April and means "Moon of Greening Grass" or "Red Grass Appearing." (That would depend on the exact location, of course. ) In this month on the 11th in 1968 an American Indian Civil Rights act was passed and gave the native Americans, in general, a chance for a better life than had been originally promised them when they were homesteaded on reservations. For the Sioux nation this meant that they could return to following their customs and religious practices which had been forbidden by the Secretary of Interior exactly  85 years before, to the very day.  
The Castle Lady sends sweet kisses flying your way !
 The sweetest way I think of you is when day is done.
                                         – Emily Dickinson
 
 
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One Response to Wihakakta Cepapi Wi

  1. kïrstin says:

    that was really interesting, evelyn  🙂  my grandpa was friends with a cheyenne chief in oklahoma many years ago, and the beau is half cherokee. there is a tiny thread of huron indian in my lineageas well.
    im going to look up burning bushes to see what theyre like. sounds cool.
    s. lizard♥

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