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Ruth H. Hopkins @RuthHHopkins
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People often ask why we Oceti Sakowin do these rides & runs. If you’ve never heard of the #Dakota38 or Chief Spotted Elk & his people slaughtered during the #WoundedKneeMassacre, 1 answer is obvious. We do it to preserve our history; to pass these truths on to future generations.
We do these rides & runs to commemorate what happened to us as a people; to honor our ancestors who were unjustly murdered, and to grieve what was lost, but also to heal and to show our children and the world that we are still here, and celebrate our survival.
The #Dakota38 Memorial Ride and the Chief Bigfoot Ride for those killed at the #WoundedKneeMassacre are highly spiritual. The people who started them were spiritually inspired to do so, they were visionaries.
We ride horses because Oceti Sakowin come from a horse culture. We have a close relationship with horses, and they have medicine. We must not forget that our animals were with us when these terrible things were done to us.
As traditional Oceti Sakowin, when we are told to do a thing in a dream or vision, we must do it.
When we commemorate these events in a sacred way, we are also walking with our ancestors who experienced the mass hanging of the #Dakota38 and the #WoundedKneeMassacre. They are present with us.
These commemorations also serve to strengthen community bonds, and remind us of what is most important; each other. Mitakuye Oyasin.
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