By Larissa Petrillo
Being Lakota explores modern Lakota identification and culture in the course of the life-story narratives of Melda and Lupe Trejo. Melda Trejo, n?e pink endure (1939–), is an Oglala Lakota from Pine Ridge Reservation, whereas Lupe Trejo (1938–99) is Mexican and a long-time resident at Pine Ridge. of their 40 years jointly, the Trejos raised 11 kids, supported themselves as migrant staff, and celebrated their lives and cultural heritage. Conversations among this Lakota/Mexican couple and pupil Larissa Petrillo exhibit key facets of the couple’s lifestyle: what it capability to be an Indian and Lakota; how they negotiate their diverse ethnic identities; their emotions approximately fresh matters with appropriating Lakota non secular practices and ideology; and the tenets of Lakota spirituality that form their perceptions and activities. those matters are highlighted as they discuss their stories developing a Sundance rite. within the past due Eighties they begun preserving a Sundance at the crimson undergo family’s land close to Allen, South Dakota, and the rite used to be devoted to Lupe after his death. Being Lakota deepens our knowing of contemporary Lakota existence and provides a memorable glimpse of the alternatives and paths taken through members in a local group. It additionally serves to discover new techniques to collaborative ethnography, with reflections on studying to paintings good in a local neighborhood. (20080609)
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Extra info for Being Lakota: Identity and Tradition on Pine Ridge Reservation
And they were all happy. So that’s what happened. We never got married until 1979. You know, I stayed with Lupe for forty years. I wasn’t married to him. That’s a big difference! But you know what? You know I didn’t want to get married in Catholic church? But, then we just did! For our fortieth wedding anniversary. We renewed our vows. There’s a little Catholic church down east. ” For some reason, I like that little church. A lot of my aunts went there. So, I guess, I always wanted to get married there really.
Off and on like that because I felt I should be helping my parents out. So I was trying to do like both. ” And again they talked to me. We came back and Lupe is a Catholic. Strong Catholic. The whole family. And I was like Native American Church—my dad. So we came back and Lupe’s mother kept telling us to get married in a church—Catholic church. Oh, I was pushed. It was funny. ” I said, “I don’t know. Because Catholic is really strict. ” So I was thinking about that. I said, “If I get married then I’m stuck with him forever!
We did our own clothes too. We learn how to run a machine at an early age. Make long skirts. And I think that was pretty good because we didn’t have extra clothes, you know. That school was in Allen. American Horse Day School. That old school. We used to stay over there. A lot of us have to walk a half a mile so we have to stay in school. The basement. They call it boarding. We go on Monday and come back on Friday. When we go on Monday and Thursday night we take our showers and wash all our clothes and put them in a suitcase and then we come back and do the same thing.
Being Lakota: Identity and Tradition on Pine Ridge Reservation by Larissa Petrillo