By Kirk Stevens
Students from several Pine Ridge Indian Reservation schools got a unique opportunity today.
As part of a grant from NASA, the Journey Museum hosted its very first focus group screening with the students of its new film "Lakota Star Knowledge".
The documentary depicts the star constellations of the Lakota people and some the traditional stories behind them and several Black Hills landmarks.
Executive Producer Craig Howe says that stars have an important role in the telling stories of many great cultures, "Our modern stories are different, but that doesn't mean those Lakota stories should be dismissed any more than we dismiss books that are written a hundred, two hundred or a few hundred years ago." Howe added, "These Lakota stories, these narratives about the stars are an integrated literature that should be perpetuated. Whether we believe them or not, that's not the issue, it's that they are aesthetically beautiful and philosophically sophisticated.
"Lakota Star Knowledge" will make its local debut playing at the Journey Museum April 13th .