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On the blog: Mr. Bryant High Horse

April 25, 2014
by Anna Huntington, Community Arts Coordinator for The Sculpture Project

One-hundred-and-fifty wonderful, lively North Middle School seventh-graders visited The Sculpture Project earlier this spring. The students completed the Field Trips! lesson, making themselves right at home with the artwork and enjoying the beautiful weather at Main Street Square.

Afterwards, the group headed over to the Elks Theater, took in a screening of the SDPB documentary "Oceti Sakowin: Seven Council Fires," and then heard reflections from Mr. Bryant High Horse, teacher, guidance counselor, KILI radio host, veteran and Lakota culture bearer.

"I was honored to speak with Yuki when he came to Rapid City," Mr. High Horse said. "He wanted to learn more about Lakota culture and we are still talking about it. We left as brothers."

He said Yuki's design for Passage of Wind and Water is rich for interpretation. "When I see the sculptures, I see more than one thing. The fish tail reminds me of a butterfly, an eagle. The ammonite, a big horn sheep."

The moment Mr. High Horse stood in front of the microphone on the theater stage, the restless kids became quiet. Respect, it turns out, was the focus of his remarks.

"Respect is the key to understanding indigenous peoples across the world," he said. "We are always giving respect to everything, to the earth, the water, the wind, the sky."

Mr. High Horse, who is retiring from North Middle School at the end of the school year, encouraged the young people to accept and respect themselves and each other. He spoke about the origins and mingling of cultures.

"Where does racism come from, what does it mean? It is a lack of understanding about each other's cultures," he said. "If you do understand each other's cultures, you can have a beautiful journey together." See more photos here.

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