He Sapa Woihanble
The vision of this book, its dream, its woihanble (dream/vision), is to present Native perspectives on He Sapa (Black Hills), the spiritual center and homeland of the Oceti Sakowin, the Seven Council Fires people.
He Sapa Woihanble is a collection of writings by members of the Oak Lake Writer's Society, a state-wide organization of Lakota, Dakota, and Nakota writers. In it, the writers express through eloquent prose, poetry, and personal stories their profound spiritual relationships to He Sapa, the land known to many as the Black Hills of South Dakota. They speak of the beauty and power of that land, as well as the painful history of its appropriation by the United States.
The Oak Lake Writer's Society is an outgrowth of the summer retreats for aspiring tribal writers that have taken place at South Dakota State University’s Oak Lake Field Station since 1993. The primary goal of the Society is to contribute to the strengthening and preservation of Lakota, Dakota, and Nakota cultures through the development of culture-based writings.