The Tasunke Wakan Okolakiciye (Medicine Horse Society) works to provide Lakota cultural, language, and hands on education services to the Lakota Oyate.
Primary goal of Tasunke Wakan Okolakiciye:
Implement Lakol Wicohan (Lakota life ways and laws, which includes language, values, beliefs, ceremonies and laws of the Lakota people).
Long term goals:
- To revitalize and implement the Lakota language through education and practice.
- To strengthen the cultural identity of the Lakota Oyate through linking Lakota Philosophy with the Lakota language.
- To empower the Lakota Tiwahe (families) in reclaiming their Lakota identity, through integrating the Lakota Customary, Natural, and Spiritual law within the educational process.
- To provide education training and assistance regarding cultural competency.
TASUNKE WAKAN OKOLAKICIYE:
Our unique process includes returning to traditional Oglala Lakota culture and values within the context of modern day life, which is reflected by
~ Understanding the primary importance of the tiospaye. (extended family).
~ Recognizing that Spirituality encompasses all areas of our life and returning to our traditional spiritual ways.
~ Utilizing our traditional healers f…or our physical and mental health care.
~ Practicing our Virtues; Wisdom, Bravery, Generosity and Fortitude.
~ Teaching and utilizing our Lakota language and observing cultural protocol such as traditional kinship system and terminology.
~ Acknowledging and coping with historical grief and inter-generational post traumatic stress disorder.
~ Educating Adults and children about Lakota history , traditions and spirituality.
~ Regaining the balance we once enjoyed; living in peace with the earth
We offer trainings and technical assistance to other organizations.
- Lakota mental health training
- Lakota Star knowledge
- Talking Circles and Support Group Circles
- Lakota Language Revitalization
- Referrals are taken on an individual basis. Our organization seeks to promote and up hold the concept of Okiciyapa (Helping of one another)
These Services are offered
- Inipi – Purification Lodge
- Nagi Kicopi – Calling The Spirit Back
- Lakol Wica Caje – Lakota Naming Ceremony
- Wanase – Manhood Ceremony
- Isanti Awicalowan Pi – Womanhood Ceremony
- Wopakinte – Spiritual Cleansing Ceremony
- Woapiye – Doctoring Ceremony
Visit Tasunke Wakan’s Website at: http://tasunkewakan.org/