Sacred Sites

Locations in the Black Hills and surrounding plains play central roles in Lakota cosmology and creation narratives, including Lakotas’ emergence onto the earth and their interactions with the stars. Many of these sites are no longer within the boundaries of tribal lands, resulting in complicated and sometimes controversial discourses over rights to land use. As part of its endeavor to place Lakota experiences in time and space, CAIRNS emphasizes that many of these destinations are readily available to students of Lakota history or culture, and has brought many participants of its workshops and classes to visit and experience these sites.



Above: Pe Sla, in the Black Hills, 2014. From DigitalGlobe.

Left: Flags at Bear Butte, 2014.