La Plant Oral History
The La Plant Oral History Project
The following videos are a series of interviews of community members of La Plant telling the story of their history, culture, and struggles.
All interviews were conducted from 2014 to 2015 in the town of La Plant on the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Reservation, located within South Dakota.
episode one: We are Lakota
In this episode the people of La Plant focus on the sacred rituals and traditions. Their actions in praying and healing provide a faith that helps them worship what they are thankful for. for the people, the language of Lakota has a deeper meaning in a sense of worth and accomplishment.
episode two: Politics
In this episode the people of La Plant remember the red power movement that awakened many people spiritually, politically, and culturally. They explain the historically long frustrating relationship with the government, and the concept of all being equal along with civil as a foundation that can truly grow.
episode three: Early memories
In this episode the people of La Plant reflect on their early life challenges and family history. Life has changed drastically over the years, while people try to focus on improving for the future.
episode four: American Indian boarding schools
In this episode the people of La Plant recall the times of the boarding schools that forced them to dramatically change their lives without warning. The education provided by the boarding schools brought together two culturally opposite worlds, the Lakota and the "white world".
episode five: wakanyeja: "sacred little ones"
In this episode the people of La Plant describe the beautiful future they wish to instill in their children and future generations. By following the Lakota traditions, along with the creation of the chief's ride it shows how many people on the reservation consider themselves as one.
In partnership with the College of Arts and Sciences at Fairfield University, and the community members of La Plant who
long to preserve the Lakota culture.