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  • Living on the plains was a sustainable way of life before the White European/American Government decided to kill the food source of the Plains Indians. Trade was done with other coastal Indians or at least their goods became available to Lakota people. I heard of a contemporary Lakota man traveling to Mexico City and came across a medicine wheel in that area. I can only take his word and I have not researched the claims but I would venture to say Lakota philosophy traveled and people adapted as they needed to in regards to living on the plains. The American Bison or Tatanka was a way of life. Every part of the bison was used and not wasted. Lakota respected the Wiconi or life that was sacrificed for them to live. The above picture is powerful because it shows the daily life of people getting by. Picking berries and wild turnips and drying meat was and still is a part of the way of life on the Pine Ridge. I told them I wanted to take a picture of the their sign and they hid. I loved the way our people become shy and it is truly a part of our lives.

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