OCETI WAKAN (Sacred Fireplace)
Oceti Wakan is a non profit organization on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, the home of the Oglala Lakota, also known as the Great Sioux Nation. Our mission is the preservation of Lakota culture, language, and the healing of its peoples. We welcome you to visit this website to explore our vision of a healing center that will include an educational center on the Lakota culture and language, the teachings of virtues and the timeless Lakota values for our children, parenting classes, talking circles, prevention tools for alcohol and drug abuse, life skill tools, drumming and Lakota arts and crafts, and a community center to be the heart of our community. Please explore our products on learning the Lakota language and the books and CDs to explore the Lakota culture and spirituality.
P O Box 1958
Pine Ridge, SD 57770
Fax: (605) 867-6066
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a non-profit dedicated to the preservation of Lakota culture and Lakota language and the healing of the people
Oceti Wakan has spent the last 25 years in developing educational materials on the Lakota language, the Lakota culture, and prevention materials on making heathier choices from a Lakota View. These books and CDs were created to help our Lakota people and to be shared with all peoples. Visit our Product pages one and two.
Zintkala Oyate, a founder of Oceti Wakan, has conducted 38 continuous years of the Spotted Eagle Sundance, the longest running in Lakota country. He has spoken in colleges and universities across the country on the timeless symbolism of the Seven Sacred Rites of the Lakota from Spotted Eagle View and the importance of saving the Lakota language, as it is the very heart of the Lakota culture.
Although we have worked with most of our schools to promote Lakota language and culture, we need a real educational & ceremonial center where we can share with classes the time needed to learn the culture, timeless Lakota virtues, values, arts, and skills to be a better human being, to heal the past, and make a better future for the generations to come. Help make our vision become a reality.