Bearing Witness in South Dakota July 25 – 29, 2016

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(The following invitation is to a members-led retreat organized by
members of the Zen Peacemaker Order. Zen Peacemakers, Inc.
supports but does not administer the retreat. Please follow the
instructions below to contact the organizers.)

 

BEARING WITNESS IN SOUTH DAKOTA JULY 25-29, 2016

Ever since Zen Peacemakers canceled its retreat in the Black Hills, a number of people have said that they would like to return to South Dakota anyway this summer, reconnect with our Native American friends, and perhaps contribute in some way.

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Tiokasin Ghosthorse

Tiokasin Ghosthorse is offering to facilitate a group of people at Cheyenne River Reservation, north of Pine Ridge as of July 25. We think being able to visit other places of the Lakota would bring a broader perspective on how the people have creatively survived and adapted to the differences in a culture and a society, as opposed to the consequences of not adopting a Western thought process but evolving within the ‘adaptive’ cultural continuity of the Lakota Oyate. Tiokasin, who comes from Cheyenne River Reservation, will connect the group with various communities and give us opportunities to work hands-on in home construction, community gardens, and children and teen projects. We also hope to meet with elders and learn more about what Natives are doing to preserve their language and culture, and strengthen their connections with the land. Visits to Pine Ridge and Standing Rock Reservations are also possible.

We hope that our coming together at Cheyenne River Reservation this summer will strengthen the energy and connections that began with the retreat last summer. We plan for the group to remain together for five days (even as they split up during the day to work in different areas), after which, depending on individual interests, people can continue to work on their own in various projects that interest them, return to the Black Hills or to Pine Ridge to renew friendships from last year, or go back home.

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Grover Genro Gauntt

This is not an organized retreat, so there is no retreat fee. Zen Peacemakers is not doing any organizing or logistics. Each participant is responsible for his/her own travel and accommodations (tents or motel). More details will follow, depending on your interest.

You may place a comment to the organizer below, The main thread of communication is conducted on the ZPO Black Hills Facebook Group and on the EVENT PAGE on Facebook.

 

 

Thanks,

Tiokasin Ghosthorse & Grover Gauntt

 

 

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2 Comments

  1. Joseph white eyes

    I’d like to see more announcing this event to the community. When and where on the reservation? Before doing this have you followed protocol? Just some questions.

    • Zen Peacemakers

      Good questions, Joseph. The discussion goes on the Facebook event page at the link above. Mind if I copy them there and tag you? – Rami

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