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        Across the Creek Educational Guide

        Learn story of the Lakota tribe in South Dakota, and their struggle to reclaim their culture through language, dance, working with the land, and participating in cultural activities with this educational guide for the film Across the Creek. Each clip included in this resource is related to a lesson in the educational guide. They can be viewed with the whole movie or as separate pieces.

        Across the Creek explores both the unbridled dreams and the painful reality of Lakota people from South Dakota. In the face of unfathomable challenges, they are taking steps to better their lives. “It’s still here.” That’s the assurance of Lakota elder Albert White Hat that the spirituality, songs and power of Lakota people are fully present today. “It’s still here,” he says again, for emphasis. These words seem at odds with appearances on the Rosebud and Pine Ridge reservations, with their broken-down villages, deadly addictions and the sense of hopelessness.

        In Across the Creek, everyday heroes are turning around negative history and reclaiming traditional stories, visions and core values that once effectively guided healthy, productive tribal life. With few visible examples of positive action, the most powerful strategy is just walking the talk. Or, put another way, by crossing the creek.

         

        For more information and the film, visit Vision Maker Media

        Across the Creek Educational Guide

        The film Across the Creek is the story of the Lakota tribe in South Dakota, and their struggle to reclaim their culture through language, dance, working with the land, and participating in cultural activities.

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        Lakota Boy is Brave

        This clip shows the problems facing the Lakota people, and how their lifestyles have changed since the early 20th century.

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        To Speak Lakota

        Lakota people realize their culture, language, and way of life is being lost, and some community leaders are taking steps to preserve Lakota language and culture.

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        Land, Country, and Place

        The Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation in Porcupine, South Dakota, on the Pine Ridge Reservation is committed to providing resources for Lakota youth and families to improve the health, culture, and environment through strengthening cultural identity. Collectively, families and staff established a community garden, as well as hiking and biking paths to create an environment where modern communities can learn about how to live in harmony with their environment and hold on to the traditional way of life.

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        They All Grow, Thrive and Prosper

        Teaching children about Lakota customs and traditions are done through song and dance. The eagle feather is important to Native people as it represents the physical and intellectual attributes of the eagle. Children learn the significance of the feather from teachings that are shared when they are learning about dance. Dancing and signing brings family together and aids in learning language and cultural traditions. Through music and dance, you can learn the structure of the language and increase your vocabulary. Songs talk about who the Lakota people are and offer celebration of land, language, and family. Some songs are sacred and used only in ceremonies. Other songs celebrate significant, historic events and some are just for fun.

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