The Tasunke Wakan Okolakiciye (Medicine Horse Society) works to provide Lakota cultural, language, and hands on education services to the Lakota Oyate.
Lakol Wicohan (Language, values, beliefs, and Ceremonies of the Lakota People)
TASUNKE WAKAN OKOLAKICIYE:
Our unique process includes returning to traditional Oglala Lakota culture and values within the context of modern day life, which is reflected by
~ Understanding the primary importance of the tiospaye. (extended family).
~ Recognizing that Spirituality encompasses all areas of our life and returning to our traditional spiritual ways.
~ Utilizing our traditional healers f…or our physical and mental health care.
~ Practicing our Virtues; Wisdom, Bravery, Generosity and Fortitude.
~ Teaching and utilizing our Lakota language and observing cultural protocol such as traditional kinship system and terminology.
~ Acknowledging and coping with historical grief and inter-generational post traumatic stress disorder.
~ Educating Adults and children about Lakota history , traditions and spirituality.
~ Regaining the balance we once enjoyed; living in peace with the earth
We offer trainings and technical assistance to other organizations.
Lakota mental health training
Lakota Star knowledge
Talking Circles and Support Group Circles
Lakota Language Revitalization
Referrals are taken on an individual basis. Our organization seeks to promote and up hold the concept of Okiciyapa (Helping of one another)
These Services are offered
Inipi – Purification Lodge
Nagi Kicopi – Calling The Spirit Back
Lakol Wica Caje – Lakota Naming Ceremony
Wanase – Manhood Ceremony
Isanti Awicalowan Pi – Womanhood Ceremony
Wopakinte – Spiritual Cleansing Ceremony
Woapiye – Doctoring Ceremony