By Larissa Petrillo
Being Lakota explores modern Lakota id and culture in the course of the life-story narratives of Melda and Lupe Trejo. Melda Trejo, n?e crimson undergo (1939–), is an Oglala Lakota from Pine Ridge Reservation, whereas Lupe Trejo (1938–99) is Mexican and a long-time resident at Pine Ridge. of their 40 years jointly, the Trejos raised 11 childrens, supported themselves as migrant staff, and celebrated their lives and cultural heritage. Conversations among this Lakota/Mexican couple and student Larissa Petrillo show key facets of the couple’s way of life: what it skill to be an Indian and Lakota; how they negotiate their diversified ethnic identities; their emotions approximately contemporary matters with appropriating Lakota spiritual practices and ideology; and the tenets of Lakota spirituality that form their perceptions and activities. those concerns are highlighted as they speak about their reports developing a Sundance rite. within the past due Eighties they begun conserving a Sundance at the purple undergo family’s land close to Allen, South Dakota, and the rite used to be devoted to Lupe after his death. Being Lakota deepens our realizing of recent Lakota lifestyles and provides a memorable glimpse of the alternatives and paths taken via members in a local neighborhood. It additionally serves to discover new ways to collaborative ethnography, with reflections on studying to paintings good in a local neighborhood. (20080609)
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He said, “You know what, son? I’m really happy that you’re doing this. I thought you were doing something ugly. ” And he liked it. It made me feel real good. He went to the Sun Dance all by himself from Scottsbluff. And, so I start 21 family praying in the traditional way, a good way, that’s thirty-three years. See, I like to pray this way. I like the way it is. You know, what really keeps me going is my family and people that go ahead and pray in the Sun Dance and the sweat. That’s people keeping it strong.
And he went to Coleman, Texas. They were coming through to North Dakota when they pay a nickel to pass into another state. They pay a nickel apiece. Then they come to Nebraska. They stay there for a while. Him and his father. And his father took off and abandoned him. Forgot about him. Took off. He never see his father no more. 18 Long Time Ago My father raised himself. He was about ten years old. And he fed himself in Nebraska for a while. Scottsbluff. Then he went to Mitchell. I think I’ve got some relatives over there in Torrington, Wyoming.
Really hard. It’s hard being patient. As a mother I learn how to be patient. And as a grandma, I learn how to be patient. lu pe : As a wife? m e l da : As a wife, I learn how to be patient! lu pe : Well, my dad come from Aztec nation, Aztec tribe. From Old Mexico. Silao, Guanajuato. In the mountains. It’s like a little village, a town, with big mountains surrounding. There are seventeen tribes of Aztecs. Seventeen of them. So far as I know. And my father came from there, you know. A long time back.