The Purpose behind Lakota
There is a way of living that Native
Americans call " to Walk in Beauty ". It is said that one Walks in Beauty when one has Earth and Sky in Harmony. Lakota's
intention is to Walk in Beauty.
The Seven Rits of the Lakota
1. Nagi Gluhapi - Keeping of the Soul
2. Inipi - Rite of Purification
3. Hanblecheyapi - Crying for a vision
4. Wiwanyag Wachipi - The Sun Dance
5. Hunkapi - Making of Relatives
6. Ishna Ta Awi Cha Lowan - Preparing a girl for Womanhood
7. Tapa Wanka Yap - Throwing of the Ball
Other Lakota Ceremonies
The pipe ceremony is a sacred ceremony for connecting physical and
spiritual worlds. The pipe is described as a link between the earth and the sky. Its is believed that nothing is more
sacred. The pipe is our prayers in physical form. Smoke becomes our words; it goes out, touches everything, and becomes a
part of all there is. The fire in the pipe is the same as the sun, which is the source of life.
The reason why toccabo is used to connect the worlds is that the plant's roots go deep into the earth, and its smoke rises
high into the heavens.
This ceremony is used for healing, divining, and for finding a lost person
or object. A medicine man performs this ritual during the night. The medicine man builds an altar, that he is later placed
upon after being wrapped in a thick blanket, with his hands tied behind his back. When he is placed on the altar, a circle
of people form around him and the altar, holding hands. Then the medicine man prays very loudly to the gods so that everyone
can hear him.
Smudging is a common practice among Native
Americans for the cleansing of energy through the burning of sage, tobacco, and sweetgrass.
The Earth Day Ceremony
The Earth Day is very serious and powerful. The ceremony is held outdoors, the the four
directions are invoked, as well as the powers of the earth and sky, to let these energies know that the people are giving
Mother Earth their full support and respect.