Traditional Arts & Culture Camps
Lakota Traditional Arts are a vital cultural expression of a great people. If Lakota arts are to live and thrive into the future, there must be a safe and inspiring environment where people can be immersed not only in the technical dimensions of an art form but also its history, culture and spiritual importance.
It is out of this deep belief that Cloud Horse Art Institute was dreamed into being and founded by Traditional Lakota Artisan, Tilda Long Soldier-St. Pierre, and named after her Great-grandmother, Ella Cloud Horse.
Traditional Foods Gathering and Preparation
Traditional Game Instruction
GPS, Plants, Environment Stewardship
We explore nature daily– integrating history and traditional practices as we teach about science, ecosystems and stewardship.
Traditional songs, practices, language and history are transferred through Native Art instruction by Master Artisans, cultural activities, and youth camps offered at Cloud Horse Art Institute. In a naturally beautiful setting and supported by caring and respected mentors, our students learn artistic skills and have the opportunity for self exploration—learning valuable lessons of life and purpose. We believe that positive and energetic people, given the opportunity to value themselves and their talents, will have a positive and broad reaching affect on contemporary Lakota life.
By enriching the lives of our students through art inspiration and cultural discovery, we instill a reverent appreciation for our heritage and succeed in our goal of maintaining and insuring a vibrant art culture for future generations of the Lakota People.
At our youth camps, we first celebrate who we are as Lakota people. On that strong foundation, we teach art and life skills that spark creativity and build character. We have found that young people crave the opportunity to embrace their heritage and make it meaningful in their contemporary lives. In a safe and supportive environment, Lakota values, language and history are transferred through our daily camp activities. Through art, storytelling, songs, outdoor exercise and self exploration, our young people learn to connect to their cultural legacy in a relevant way.
In a few days together, we open eyes, spark creativity and warm young hearts. With the guidance of caring adults, our young students are set on the path of becoming adults who will be proud, empowered, capable, hopeful, and embracing of their heritage.