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The Name
The Lakota, members of the family of the Great Sioux Nation of North America, have a very rich spirituality and a deep respect for all life, visible and invisible. The word Lakota means "considered friends" or "alliance of friends".

The Logo
I wanted to represent part of the Lakota's spiritual symbolism in the logo:
Wakinyan On the shield, Wi, Grandfather Sun, represented by the circle. With him, Wakinyan, the Winged One, the Thunderbird. Among Native Americans, the shield is not really a defense weapon, but a tool for growth: On my shield I represent my own truth, as a ritual of self-acceptance. Then I show it to you, in the hope that it may serve as a mirror and help you grow, if you so choose.

 

Above, Hanwi, the Moon, Wi's companion, lined by seven arrows representing Man's Seven Directions: North, South, East, West, Above, Below and the Self. Hanwikan

 

Background The main page's background represents Unci Maka, Grandmother Earth. The color blue represents Skan, Grandfather Sky. Thus, Above and Below are represented again.

The Purpose behind Lakota

There is a way of living that Native Americans call " to Walk in Beauty ".
It is said that one Walks in Beauty when one has Earth (physicality) and Sky (spirituality) in Harmony.

Lakota's intention is to Walk in Beauty.
May Wakan Tanka, the Great Mystery, enlighten our path.

Tanyan omanipi!

  Cheryl Harleston

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