One Week with The Lakota

(RT)   “We live to survive.” That is what many of them say. In the 19th century, the Lakota people were among the most successful fighters for freedom in the USA. But their land was eventually stolen, their language for years was forbidden to be taught in schools, and their freedom existed only on paper. This story was filmed during the first week of August in 2011 on the territory of Pine Ridge reservation in South Dakota. This is official land of the Oglala Lakota Nation nowadays.

Every year in August, Lakota people come to Pine Ridge from all over the world to celebrate their culture and traditions at the annual powwow. On the contrary of joy and happiness even during holiday there is a place for grief and misery. Many people have alcohol problems, there are no jobs or good housing. Lakota people are still fighting for their rights. But that gets harder to do every year.




PT 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ELWllQNS1cM

PT 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DDTHDYb1CVM

2 Responses to One Week with The Lakota

  • Their anger and sorrow is understandable. Their way of life ended. That’s inevitable though. Like all of the other tribes and nations, they were defeated because their societies had become technologically stagnant. Whether that’s good or bad is a matter of debate but the truth is they ran into a stronger foe who defeated them which is in many ways no different than when the various tribal nations warred amongst themselves. Be angry at how the government has treated them since – broken treaties, broken promises, poor management of their lands & resources – but don’t feel guilty about what happened. It was a young America that defeated them but were it not us it would have been the English, or the Spanish, or anyone else who would have eventually crossed the plains

  • Carl, would you say the same of us here in the late, formerly-great USA? Rewrite it in that context and see if you agree:

    "Your anger and sorrow is understandable. Your way of life has ended. That’s inevitable though. Like all of the other states, yours was defeated because your society had become technologically stagnant. Whether that’s good or bad is a matter of debate but the truth is, you ran into a stronger foe who defeated you which is in many ways no different than when the states warred amongst themselves. Be angry at how the government has treated you since – broken treaties, broken promises, poor management of your lands & resources – but don’t feel guilty about what happened. It was a militaristic America that defeated you, but were it not the US Government, it would have been the Muslims, or the Mexicans, or anyone else who would have eventually crossed the plains."

    Somehow it still doesn’t make it make sense, nor does it make it feel any better.

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