By Larissa Petrillo
Being Lakota explores modern Lakota identification and culture during the life-story narratives of Melda and Lupe Trejo. Melda Trejo, n?e crimson 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 youngsters, supported themselves as migrant staff, and celebrated their lives and cultural heritage. Conversations among this Lakota/Mexican couple and student Larissa Petrillo express key elements of the couple’s lifestyle: what it skill to be an Indian and Lakota; how they negotiate their various ethnic identities; their emotions approximately fresh issues 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 studies establishing a Sundance rite. within the past due Nineteen Eighties they begun conserving a Sundance at the crimson endure family’s land close to Allen, South Dakota, and the rite was once devoted to Lupe after his death. Being Lakota deepens our knowing of recent Lakota lifestyles and presents a memorable glimpse of the alternatives and paths taken through members in a local group. It additionally serves to discover new methods to collaborative ethnography, with reflections on studying to paintings good in a local neighborhood. (20080609)
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But, then Denver was getting too big. So we moved to Scottsbluff. Probably in 1954. We stayed there. It was like a home to us. And then we moved back to South Dakota when my mom got real sick. Somewheres around 1989 and ’90. We moved back with the kids. My mom asked me to take care of her and she owns quite a bit of land out there, down four miles east of Allen. So I came back and we moved down there and we lived in a tepee for a while. About two years. Because the log house wasn’t ﬁt to live in there.
He told me that: “I’m really sorry. ” So then I went with another man named Orville and I work for him about six months and then he couldn’t afford me either. Those days were really hard. So I work for another man and I work for him for another six months but he was a really bad man, you know. The women were working really hard pulling up weeds—labor, you know. ” And then I worked for Dale Carrier. Dale. I stay with him thirtyeight years. A long time. He’s a good man. That’s where I work now. He’s one month older than I am.
There’s about over a hundred of them. They had a lot of horses. And they used to stand around there and they used to go out there and talk to them. Just like, the horses don’t take off, they were there. They were there so they go out and they pray and they talk to the horses. And all this was done really early before anyone gets up. So they ﬁnish their breakfast and people start getting up and they take their good clothes off and put them away and here those horses take off. ” So it was really like—life was really easy for them.