An enthusiastic group of Healing Place Collaborative partners met at Hidden Falls on June 27 2017 for the debut of Čhokáta Nážiŋ (art piece formerly known as ‘Dakota Language Table.’). Still photos were shot, video was recorded…when edited will be shared here. It was grand. Jewell cooked for us…her menu related brilliantly with the table. We learned about the process of making the table from Piero, Alexandra, Rebecca, Jewell and Ethan. We learned from Ethan about the meanings of colors and woods chosen, why it’s low to the ground, why there is raw wood on the rim and much more. We learned how the table comes together for an event, one way it can be used – this time an activity was led by Ethan, and how it comes apart for travel. We are all muchly impressed ; ) and look forward to events this summer and all year ’round. More info to come!
These photos by Denise Nelson.
And these photos are shared by Joyce Lyon. Thank you!
Here’s the menu Jewell put together for our meal:
HPC Spring/Summer Gathering 6/27/17
Wahanpi – Tado’ Ka’ Tac’a Ka P’steyapi
(Deer and Hominy soup w/onion)
Iced Cedar Tea
Chilled Wild Rice and Blue Berries with Maple Syrup
Each of these foods relate to the Dakota Language Table that is being debuted today:
The Cedar tea represents the Cedar wood used to make a quarter of the table. It is one of the four medicines. Deer eat the cottonwood bark in the winter and spring months/Cottonwood is one of the woods used in the table. Maple syrup represents the maple wood used to make the table. Ashes from the Ash Tree is used to make the corn in the soup.