Buffalo Ceremony Seldom Seen off Rez
BISMARCK, N.D. — Students and staff are accustomed to taking part in traditional ceremonies on the campus of United Tribes Technical College. But one held July 7 as part of a cultural awareness series was more notable than most.
It was the Buffalo Ceremony, the ancient rite observed when taking the life of these animals for the benefit of the People. A group of men and women from the Oglala Sioux Tribe demonstrated and taught the ritual and the work involved.
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It could have been a scene from centuries ago: metre-long ceremonial sticks topped with feathers and real eagle’s heads were borne with care. Sweat lodges steamed under towering trees. >>>