I really wasn't certain what to expect but had looked forward to visiting Wounded Knee on Pine Ridge Reservation for over two years. What I found was more than just a board with information, a large field and a cemetery with a 2-pillars entrance --, it was sacred Lakota ground which was open to the public so that we might have a better understanding of the magnitude of events that led up to the massacre, the massacre itself and the mass grave of courageous Native Americans. Although I had read about and researched "Wounded Knee" somewhat, it was still an emotional experience just to be there.
I give thanks to a lovely and very knowledgeable Lakota woman and her family for sharing information about the Lakota as well as other site history which I would not have known otherwise. I purchased a beautiful dream-catcher, necklace and earrings from her which are, and will remain, significant reminders of my visit.
After leaving the massacre site and headed up the hill to the cemetery, I was approached by a young man selling small dream-catchers, but explained to him I had already purchased items from the family across the road. He was very respectful, said "thank you" and returned to his vehicle.
For those planning a visit, doing a bit of research might prove to be beneficial. The enormous tragedy that took place at Wounded and the sacred resting place of hundreds of Lakota men, women and children, certainly deserves the respect and acknowledgement of what took place almost 127 years ago.
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