Preserving Lakota culture with a 14 day horseback ride

Published: Dec. 10, 2017 at 6:10 PM CST
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People had the chance to learn about the Future Generations ride at the Journey Museum Tuesday afternoon.

The annual ride is a 14 day journey on horseback that retraces the path made by Chief Spotted Elk and his people before the massacre at Wounded Knee.

Alex White Plume helped develop the original memorial ride in 1968, but it's the youth that keep it going.

Event Organizer, Ken Marchionno, says “I think it's a variety of different things depending on the youth. For many people it is very, very spiritual and probably for most of them it should be, but for many of them it's also a sort of a physical embrace, an embodied embrace of history and an embodied embrace ceremony, and embodied embrace of what their ancestors have gone through."

People had the chance to learn about the origins and impact that this ride has had on Native American youth.

Plume also helped start this ride to preserve the Lakota culture.

One of the ride developers, Alex White Plume, explains “In 1986, my little Brother and I started this journey to bring spirituality back and we realized our history was not being told. We have seven ceremonies that we have to do as Lakota and in 1986 we were only practicing three."

The 14 day long, Future Generation ride starts on December 15th where Sitting Bull was killed.