University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Athropology

Author: Jeffrey Zelitch

The Lakota Sun Dance

By: Jeffrey Zelitch

Wiwanyag Wacipi, the Gazing-at-the-Sun Dance is now the only public ceremony of the Lakota (Teton-Sioux) religion. It is, however, not restricted to this tribe but is also practiced in various forms among the Cheyenne, Arapaho, Crow, Blackfeet, Plains Cree, and Wind River Shoshoni. The Sun Dance is one of the seven major rites of Lakota […]