The exhibit is well displayed. Placement of objects is judicious and well spaced. The art of the Lakota is beautiful. Particularly the leather and bead clothing is sensational. The historical descriptions help understand the Lakota. Contemporary reflections on the massacre at Wounded Knee, by students and young persons reveal the long suffering ache of a whole nation. The poetry is worth reading and pondering: fine caliber of English expression and pause. TAKUWE (why!) is an appropriate title for the exhibit. The Museum is, indeed, a cultural center, and breathes pride and a noble sense of self. It is not only the Native American youth who will benefit but all visitors. The funding for this museum is evident…it is well endowed and well managed. Hospitality is superb. The backers are to be congratulated and encouraged to continue. Wakan Tanka.
The Indian School display is worth seeing: both a favorable and a critical point of view are represented. That the Indian School continues today at Chamberlain suggests that the positive experience for young Indians and House Parents is an improvement over what would have been the case a century ago. The Catholic Church Mission comes across as humane, concerned and culturally flexible, understanding children's needs and growth. The language learning of early missionaries, along with transcription of oral record into written text, is praised as ongoingly valuable. You leave the museum and cultural center with a sense of deep appreciation for the Center, the staff, the Lakota and the contemporary keepers of the tradition, plus forebears all.
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