Children at the Lakota Waldorf School are participating in the Teaching Artist Program Residency where local artist Sheena Meyers. On October 28th, 2014 the children ventured out to a place called Yellow Bear Damn on the Pine Ridge Reservation. At the beginning of the trip, they offered water and corn back to mother earth as a gift in return for the gifts they were about to receive.
During their adventure with nature they collected a variety of plants to utilize as natural paint. They were so excited and focused on what they were looking for. They found buffalo hair, wild raspberries, red cedar, golden rod, verbanium, cat tails, and elk or deer droppings. The Lakota Waldorf School will utilize these different plants in a Lakota cultural project called a winter count. We extend a big thank you to Sheena and to Leslie Henry who helped us in finding the plants we needed.
Children who have experienced wonder and reverence in childhood can have the basis for gifts of spirituality, universality and love of the earth and its peoples as adults.
~Nurturing Love and Reverence for Nature~