We attended the play “Black Elk Speaks” on Saturday evening, and I am writing to spread the word about what a phenomenal job the Oglala Lakota staff, students, and community members did with the presentation. This coming weekend, August 19th and 20th, will be the final performances. It is being held at the Oglala Lakota College’s administrative campus, seven miles southwest of Kyle on the Pine Ridge Reservation, in the multi-purpose building. The performance is at 7:00 pm, and there are additional activities prior to that, as well. Even though we are very familiar with the book and the history of the Lakota people, the live presentation was very moving and beautifully prepared and presented. The tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for ages 5-17, and there is a simple meal one can purchase for $10 after 4:30 pm or so. Additional activities involved in this “Oglala Cultural Experience” included drumming and dancing, archery, and various artists. The Historical Center on campus is open until 6:30 pm, also. Just prior to the performance we were instructed in some of the Lakota phrases which we would be hearing, so that we would be more familiar. It was wonderful. For any questions you may have, please call OLC President Thomas Shortbull’s office at 455.6022 or Marilyn Pourier at 455.6045. Thanks for your time, and please forward this to anyone else in the area who might like to know about it.
With blessings and love ~ Mary Ellen