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CRYP to Launch Summer Storytelling Series for CRST Youth

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The Cheyenne River Youth Project will be launching its Summer Storytelling Series for youth ages 6-18 today at 1:30 p.m., alternating between the Cokata Wiconi Teen Center and the Main Youth Center. The series will begin with Alfred Greeves, an elder from the CRST community, and will continue every Wednesday evening at 5 p.m. throughout the summer.

Activities will follow each session in which the kids will produce a piece of art, writing, poetry or some other kind of project that incorporates and summarizes what they have learned from the storyteller. Additionally, the storytelling classes and activities will be followed by a light meal.

“The objective of our Storyteller Series is to help both the elders and our youth,” says Julie Garreau, executive director of CRYP. “They will be following a long tradition of the oral histories and storytelling handed down within the Lakota culture for centuries. They might also share their stories about growing up here on the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation, the native plants that they used for both eating and for medicinal purposes, or the Lakota ceremonies or whatever they want to bring to our kids. And it helps remind the kids who they are and the extraordinary place they come from.”

The storytelling event on Friday will be followed by a Hoop Dancing class featuring Dallas Eagle Chief, a ledger art show, an Indian taco sale and our weekly Midnight Basketball tournament.

For more information on the Storytelling Series, please contact Tammy Eagle Hunter at tammy.cryp@gmail.com. You can also follow us on Facebook at https://facebook.com/lakotayouth; www.twitter.com/lakotayouth or at www.lakotayouth.org.

Founded in 1988, the Cheyenne River Youth Project is dedicated to providing the youth of the Cheyenne River reservation with access to a vibrant and secure future through a variety of culturally sensitive and enduring programs, projects and facilities, ensuring strong, self-sufficient families and communities. Today, CRYP provides a wide variety of programs and services to the community, covering nearly 3 million acres in South Dakota.


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CRYP to Host Free Hoop Dancing Workshop With Dallas Chief Eagle on Friday

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In collaboration with the South Dakota Arts Council, the Cheyenne River Youth Project will be hosting a Hoop Dancing Workshop taught by renowned hoop dancer Dallas Chief Eagle Jr. The class will be held this Friday, June 27th, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Cokata Wiconi Teen Center Morgan Yellowhead Gymnasium. The free classes will be broken into two age groups: Ages 6-12 from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and ages 6-18 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. The classes will be followed by a performance by the students at 6:30 p.m. The performances are open to the public and a light supper will be served.

Chief Eagle, who is a member of the Rosebud Sioux Lakota Nation, is a recognized master and mentor of the Lakota Hoop Dance and as the director of the Hoop Dance Society on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, according to the South Dakota Arts Council.

Using over 300 hoops, students will learn self-balance, rhythm and movement, Chief Eagle – who is also a storyteller – teaches traditional Lakota values and character development, as well as the importance of male and female roles in the world. Those interested can sign up online here:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1gRdIGbiiNYLQPz5fLB-Dm4dq8o5gcCggkl0ho3rkExY/viewform.

“We are thrilled to offer traditional hoop dancing to our kids,” says Julie Garreau, executive director. “Part of our mission is provide culturally relevant and traditional activities and events to the youth of the Cheyenne River Lakota Nation. And we appreciate Dallas Chief Eagle for his commitment to sharing his talent and knowledge with our community.”

In addition to hoop dancing, Dallas Chief Eagle Jr., earned his Bachelor of Science in Art Education in 1983 from the University of South Dakota and also received his M.A. from USD in Counseling, Guidance and Personnel Services. He holds membership in the American Association of Counseling and Development, the National Art Therapy Association, the South Dakota Indian Counselors Association; and the Medicine Wheel Association, Big Horn Mountains.

For more information on the Hoop Dancing Workshop please contact Tammy Eagle Hunter at tammy.cryp@gmail.com. You can also follow us on Facebook at https://facebook.com/lakotayouth; www.twitter.com/lakotayouth or at www.lakotayouth.org.

Founded in 1988, the Cheyenne River Youth Project is dedicated to providing the youth of the Cheyenne River reservation with access to a vibrant and secure future through a variety of culturally sensitive and enduring programs, projects and facilities, ensuring strong, self-sufficient families and communities. Today, CRYP provides a wide variety of programs and services to the community, covering nearly 3 million acres in South Dakota.

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