Wisdom of the Elders Video Project: Recordings of Standing Rock and Cheyenne River Elders from 1998 and 1999

In the late 1990s, Sitting Bull College and United Tribes Technical College in conjunction with CATV (Community Access Television of Bismarck/Mandan), Wisdom of the Elders Inc, Cheyenne River Elderly Protection Team, State Historical Society of North Dakota, University of Mary, the North Dakota Humanities Council and the South Dakota Humanities Council conducted a project to produce VHS recordings of Lakota/Dakota elders on Standing Rock and Cheyenne River reservations. These recordings can be found across the country in various archives and library collections in VHS and DVD. The collection consists of  21 recordings produced on Standing Rock and 19 from Cheyenne River from 1998 and 1999. Elders recount their life experiences, family, tribal and regional history providing an important record of history and life on two American Indian nations.  Since the usable life span of the original VHS recordings was nearing its end and these recordings were in danger of being lost, Sitting Bull College Library digitized the collection of 40 videos and has made them available here so the knowledge and stories of these wise elders can continue to inspire.

Permission was given by the copyright holder Dakota Media Access of Bismarck (formerly CATV) to digitize and make these important resources available in a new format for a new age.

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Standing Rock Elders

Ada Red Horse, Agatha Fool Bear, Standing Rock, 1998

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Agatha Holy Bull, Emma Lambert, Standing Rock, 1999

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Arlene Reddoor Benson, Standing Rock, 1998

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Evangeline Fast Horse, Standing Rock, 1998

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Felix Kidder, Rose Goodleft, Standing Rock, 1999

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George Iron Shield, Standing Rock, 1999

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Helmina Makes Him First, Standing Rock, 1999

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Helmina Makes Him First, Blanche Makes Him First, Standing Rock, 1999

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Henry Lawrence, Standing Rock, 1999

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Joe Flying Bye, Standing Rock, 1998

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Leona Ryan, Standing Rock, 1998

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Lillian Martinez, Standing Rock, 1999

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Madeline Little Eagle, Lillian Brown, Grace Jamerson, Standing Rock, 1999

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Mary Louise Defender Wilson, Shields, Standing Rock, 1999

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Pete Looking Horse #1, Standing Rock, 1999

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Pete Looking Horse #2, Standing Rock, 1999

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Reginald Bird Horse, Standing Rock, 1998

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Sybil Iron Archambault, Ben One Feather, Standing Rock, 1999

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Verna Cadotte, Theresa Martin, Standing Rock, 1999

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Zona Loans Arrow #1, Standing Rock, 1999

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Zona Loans Arrow #2, Standing Rock, 1999

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Zona Loans Arrow #3, Standing Rock, 1999

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Cheyenne River Elders

Leroy Curley, Lorraine Leblanc, Eagle Butte, Cheyenne River, 1999

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Reuben Ward, Keith Jewett, Cheyenne River, 1998

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Florence Arpan, Cheyenne River, 1998 #1

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Florence Arpan, Cheyenne River, 1998 #2 

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Marcella Ryan Lebeau, Shirley Keith, Cheyenne River, 1998

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Silvan Chuck Brown Robe, Eagle Butte, Cheyenne River, 1999

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Cecelia Frasier #1, Green Grass, Cheyenne River, 1999

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Cecelia #2, Green Grass, Cheyenne River, 1999

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Charles Fast Horse, Cheyenne River, 1998

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Clementine Day, Bridger, Cheyenne River, 1999

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Dora Bruguier #1, Cheyenne River, 1998

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Dora Bruguier and Betty Crow, Eagle Butte, Cheyenne River, 1999

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Dorothy Clark and Ione Lee #1, Cheyenne River, 1998

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Dorothy Clark, Ione Lee #2, Cheyenne River, 1998

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Marie Elkhead Fiddler, Leonard Fiddler, Shirley Fiddler, Cheyenne River, 1999

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Eddie DuPris, Iyonne Garreau, Cheyenne River. 1998

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Elsie Slides Off, Eagle Butte, Cheyenne River, 1999

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Ellen In The Woods #1, Cheyenne River, 1998

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Ellen In The Woods #2, Cheyenne River, 1999

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