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By Larissa Petrillo
Being Lakota explores modern Lakota id and culture during the life-story narratives of Melda and Lupe Trejo. Melda Trejo, n?e purple 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 young ones, supported themselves as migrant employees, and celebrated their lives and cultural heritage. Conversations among this Lakota/Mexican couple and pupil Larissa Petrillo express key features of the couple’s way of life: what it capacity to be an Indian and Lakota; how they negotiate their assorted ethnic identities; their emotions approximately fresh issues with appropriating Lakota spiritual practices and ideology; and the tenets of Lakota spirituality that form their perceptions and activities. those matters are highlighted as they speak about their reports constructing a Sundance rite. within the overdue Eighties they started keeping a Sundance at the crimson undergo family’s land close to Allen, South Dakota, and the rite was once devoted to Lupe after his death. Being Lakota deepens our realizing of recent Lakota lifestyles and offers a memorable glimpse of the alternatives and paths taken by means of participants in a local neighborhood. It additionally serves to discover new techniques to collaborative ethnography, with reflections on studying to paintings good in a local neighborhood. (20080609)
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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. He’s sixty years old. So, this man, we grew up with his family. Like my family. Up to this day we know each other. And their sons and daughters.
We go somewhere else and he was there! So I knew Lupe for a long time. When we used to walk uptown, he used to come beside me and he used to ask us for a ride. I met him at a dance—powwow. And, my sister likes to go to Mexican dance. We were young and my mom was really strict. They let my sister go to the dance. So we went over there with her, but I have to sit in the car. So I can watch all those girls’ purse. And we had to lock all the doors. Me and my girlfriend. That was Leonard’s sister—Berta Crow Dog.
They’re still soft. Touch the watermelon. And when the watermelon is ripe, you can hit the watermelon and it’ll be hard. And it’ll be good to eat. And you’ll know. That’s how it is with your brains. ” That’s the way she told me. ” Now, I look back and I think I had the best parents. They didn’t drink, they didn’t argue. There was no drinking and smoking involved. And my grandparents were like that too. They stayed married for a long time. They say, if you catch a bad disease nowadays or something and they say that’s hereditary—well, you can get things in a good way, too.
Being Lakota: Identity and Tradition on Pine Ridge Reservation by Larissa Petrillo