Honoring the Sky: Lakota Star Knowledge and Belief examines the strong celestial connections Lakota people have maintained over many generations. In March 2001 Museum staff traveled to the Rosebud Sioux Reservation in South Dakota to interview Lakota spiritual leaders. In the exhibition, you’ll hear firsthand from Lakota leaders as they recount the sky knowledge that has been passed down from generation to generation.

The exhibition features video excerpts from the interviews, as well as historic collections and artifacts. On display are beaded bags, a quilled buckskin coat, a war shield and horn, and a feather headdress.

Meet the Lakota leaders and elders who appeared in the exhibition:

Neva Standing Bear Light in the Lodge was born and raised in South Dakota. She has been a spiritual leader since 1983 and an active member of the Museum's Native American Resources Group since 1971. She lives in Arvada, Colorado.




Victor Douville is the coordinator of the Lakota Studies four-year program at Sinte Gleska University in Rosebud, South Dakota, and is a leader in the effort to preserve Lakota sky knowledge. He lives in St. Francis, South Dakota.




Russell Eagle Bear teaches Lakota thought and philosophy, language, history, and culture at Sinte Gleska University. He takes his students to the Black Hills to conduct traditional ceremonies. He lives in Norris, South Dakota.




Duane Hollow Horn Bear was born and raised on the Rosebud Sioux Reservation in South Dakota and now teaches Lakota language, history, and culture at Sinte Gleska University. He lives in Mission, South Dakota.




Florentine Blue Thunder teaches at North Elementary School in Mission, South Dakota, and has been participating in Sun Dances for more than twenty years. He lives in Rosebud, South Dakota




Howard Bad Hand is a fourth generation song-keeper who grew up in the Red Leaf–Black Pipe community near Rosebud, South Dakota. He lives in Taos, New Mexico.


For information about the Arvada Center's Honoring the Sky exhibits, visit the Arvada Center Web site.

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