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By Larissa Petrillo

Being Lakota explores modern Lakota identification and culture throughout the life-story narratives of Melda and Lupe Trejo. Melda Trejo, née pink endure (1939–), is an Oglala Lakota from Pine Ridge Reservation, whereas Lupe Trejo (1938–99) is Mexican and a long-time resident at Pine Ridge. of their 40 years jointly, the Trejos raised 11 young ones, supported themselves as migrant employees, and celebrated their lives and cultural heritage.
Conversations among this Lakota/Mexican couple and pupil Larissa Petrillo show key features of the couple’s daily life: what it capability to be an Indian and Lakota; how they negotiate their diversified ethnic identities; their emotions approximately contemporary issues with appropriating Lakota non secular practices and ideology; and the tenets of Lakota spirituality that form their perceptions and activities. those concerns are highlighted as they speak about their studies establishing a Sundance rite. within the past due Eighties they started retaining a Sundance at the pink endure family’s land close to Allen, South Dakota, and the rite used to be devoted to Lupe after his death.
Being Lakota deepens our knowing of contemporary Lakota lifestyles and provides a memorable glimpse of the alternatives and paths taken by means of members in a local group. It additionally serves to discover new ways to collaborative ethnography, with reflections on studying to paintings good in a local community.

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