This is a quite personal Blog concerning my passion for the world’s people and places, or to be more accurately defined, Global Culture.
My education was in Anthropology and much of what you will find here shall be conversations regarding the relevant past, present or future of Cultural Issues and News from around our Globe.
For those who may not be familiar with the word tahtonka, it is Lakota for Buffalo or Bison.
The first time that I heard the word, was when it was used in the movie Dances with Wolves, then a few years later, I studied the Lakota people at CSUN.
But the word did not truly reach its full meaning until seeing first hand, the ancestral importance it held for the Lakota people in South Dakota.
For hundreds of years, before the invasion of their homelands, the Buffalo/Bison had been the central part of their Culture.
They depended on it in every aspect of their lives and when it was taken from them by the invaders and our own US Government, they were lost.
Then being forced onto Reservations was the final insult to a once vital and vibrant people, who became only a shadowy reflection of what they had once been.
In 1990, I embarked on my first real journey alone, driving from just outside of Los Angeles to the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.
I got absolutely no moral support in this adventure from my instructors at school, nor from any of my family.
They were all united in their complete and total opposition to this “dangerous journey” for a woman to be taking all alone!
But it was something that I felt compelled to do.
Lectures, books and movies can only educate and define just so much, they do not tell you the true story.
I needed to see for myself about what I had studied.
It turned out to be a revelation that I was not fully prepared for at the time.
The conditions at Pine Ridge were often referred to as what is commonly called, Third World and as it turned out, this was not to be an exaggeration.
Until you experience an Indian Reservation personally, you could not accurately comprehend the living conditions that Native People there must endure daily.
Deplorable comes to mind.
So, now with a bit of background of what I am about, this begins a new form of exploration for me, writing a Blog about Global Culture.
As this Blog will not be about topics that are normally given great media or public attention, I do not anticipate many likes, hits or followers, however, I will be quite to content just to put it out there and occasionally receive some sort of feedback from those happen upon it.
It is my hope, that you may find this Blog dedicated to Global Culture, a worthy, educational, experience~