The highlight of our Hoye Wayelo Summer Arts Immersion programs is the Black Hills Summer Arts Academy in the sacred ancestral lands of the Lakota.
The Summer Arts Academy brings together kids from all over the reservation to study visual art, film, music, dance, theater, writing, and a full spectrum of traditional arts, including traditional hide-tanning, beadwork, singing and drumming, and the ancient form of quillwork. Students kicked off the academy by raising a traditional tipi.
Days began with a traditional circle and smudge. Elders gave talks and we discussed the events and intentions of the day.
Art classes ran the full spectrum of visual art modalities.
Filmmakers learned all aspects of the craft.
Traditional arts included hide-tanning, quillwork, beadwork, sweetgrass art, and plant medicines, – more here and raising a traditional tipi.
Music, dance, writing, photography, and theater rounded out the classes…
And of course we also had to have time to let loose and have some straight up fun!
Our days ended with a traditional campfire, singing, stories, and of course, S’mores!
Our week-long academy culminated in a final exhibition and performance. Students presented monologues, performed choreography, screened films, and shared the full range of art they created.