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Mahkato Revitalization Project

Working towards Revitalizing the Indigenous Cultures In Mankato Minnesota

Lakota Made A Fundraising Effort

Revitalizing Indigenous Culture

  • Sharing Culture

  • Sunset at Wicoti Tiwahe
  • Sustainable Harvesting

  • Learning to respect our plant relatives by only harvesting what we need
  • Smuding our Harvest

  • Before our medicines are made we smudge our harvest and ourselves to make sure only good energy goes into our medicines
  • Preparing medicines

  • We make all our medicines in small batches to ensure potency
  • Salves

  • Small batches and hand poured
  • Finished Products

  • We take great care and pride in our products

Sharing Culture

Sunset at Wicoti Tiwahe

Sustainable Harvesting

Learning to respect our plant relatives by only harvesting what we need

Smuding our Harvest

Before our medicines are made we smudge our harvest and ourselves to make sure only good energy goes into our medicines

Preparing medicines

We make all our medicines in small batches to ensure potency

Salves

Small batches and hand poured

Finished Products

We take great care and pride in our products

What is Cultural Education

Mahkato Revitalization's foundation is centered on Cultural Education, but what is it and what does it look like?

Cultural education can be set up in several different ways.  

Presentations to offices, schools, religious groups, basically anyone interested in getting together for a Presentation/ class/ or event to learn about Indigenous Culture.

Cultural Education does differ from group to group and can easily be tailored. 

 

PowerPoint's are more popular with adult groups.  Hands on learning presentations are a favorite of kids and young adults. Make and take sessions are always great for any group for a longer period or over a course of a few weeks. 

 

What are the topics covered?

 

Well……what are you interested in?

Lakota Coming of Age Ceremonies

Lakota / Dakota Traditional Medicines

Traditional Lakota Regalia

Lakota Adult Guilds / Societies

Lakota History and Philosophy

Lakota Ceremonies

 

These are just a few different topics ideas.  I promise not to pretend to know everything, if you want a topic that I’m not comfortable teaching I can get you in touch with someone that does.  I have an entire family full of amazing teachers and historians! And I totally love to have the opportunity to have my family be a co-presenter / teacher!

 

Does this cost anything?

 

Absolutely it does.  I have a family to provide for as well.  This doesn’t mean the cost is outrageous, I want to share, but my time is worth something.  I have set fee’s, but I am willing to negotiate. 

 

My family also has fee’s as we do this as a form of income.  But we all promise to give quality education opportunities and we like new friends!

Current Classes Offered:

Mahkato Revitalization Project Goals

Goals of this organization to have a cultural center located in Mankato MN.  A cultural center focused on Indigenous People's where classes and events can be held, with a space available for young adults to have temporary housing while seeking out Mankato's educational opportunities.  This building will also have a store front that offer's Lakota Made Products and products and arts from other Indigenous People looking to assist with Mahkato Revitalization goals. 

The cultural center will house opportunities for young Indigenous people to develop their skills and talents to become entrepreneurs.  This space will work in conjunction with Mankato's many other programs and businesses to ensure that all resources are used wisely and duplicate services are not happening. 

Funds raised through Lakota Made and grant opportunities will be used for these goals. 

Who I am.......

Mitakuye, Cante’ waste’ nape ciyuzapi ksto Ta Wa paha Ota Win emaciyapi ksto, ematanhan Ta Asanpi Oyanke ksto.

 

My relatives, I greet you with a good heart and a hand shake my name is Many War Bonnets Woman I am from Milks Camp (South Dakota).

 

I grew up in South Central South Dakota and spent a majority of my life living in South Dakota.  My parents are Charles Wayne and Marla Bull Bear.  My parents have always been a strong foundation for me my providing me with Lakota teachings and traditions growing up.  They both worked and went to school to provide for myself and my younger brothers.  My mom has had her own grassroots 501c3 since I could remember.  My dad was a tribal game warden, a tribal police officer and town officer for Winner Police department.

 

My dad is Naca Chief Bull Bear of the Kiyaksa Band of Oglalla’s of Pine Ridge South Dakota.  Dad comes from a long line of traditional spiritual leaders and teachers. I am proud and humbled to be a part of a traditional family. 

 

My life hasn’t always been full of sunshine and rainbows in my late teens and early twenties I decided to wonder off on my own and be a terrible person for a few years and developed a drug and alcohol problem.  In 2005 at the ripe age of 22 “I got my shit together” and went to treatment. Shortly after I became sober I lost my grandmother on my mom’s side.  It was a huge blow to our family.  It was through the support of my family that I remained sober.   It was a rough road of sobriety for a few years as I learned how to be an adult.  April 15th, 2005 in my sober date.  

 

Learning how to be an adult was the hardest adventure I ever went on….am still on.  I worked for my mom temporarily for 11 years.  😊  I learned an incredible amount about myself during that time everything my mom gave me was morale’s, work ethic, humility, and culture.  I reconnected to my culture.  I found who I was and I absorbed as much as I could.  I am still learning. 

 

I am also a wife to my amazing husband Ethan Schnitker.  Together we have combined our spawn to have 5 girls. Yes…….5 girls.  9-1 in ages and every single one is an amazing little person we love more than there are stars in the sky. 

 

I am a stay at home mom…….I should rephrase that.  I work from home.  I am working on Mahkato Revitalization Project to get up and running, and my fundraising effort for it is Lakota Made. Our girls also have a pretty busy schedule, I also volunteer on the Mahkato Wacipi Committee, the Indigenous Peoples Day Committee and I also have another non-profit I’m trying to breathe life back into for the Recovery Community of Mankato.   I am also getting the ball rolling on doing more and more cultural education teaching.  I teach anything from traditional medicinals to how to make Lakota moccasins.   

My husband and I both come from large families that we stay pretty connected to and do family functions often.

I like to stay busy.

  • Garden Harvest

  • Growing our own food, foraging for mushrooms and other wild edibles help us be more self sustainable
  • Mahkato Powwow 2017

  • Celebrating our youngests' first Wacipi
  • Shampoo Bar Making Class

  • teaching our Sicangu Lakota youth how to make their own Shampoo Bars
  • Mahkato Powwow Traditional Medicines Class

  • Teaching MSU students about traditional medicines
  • Honey Mushroom

  • My husband made quite the haul this late summer with the Honey Mushrooms!
  • Garden Finds

  • Husband and middle daughter harvesting garden produce

Garden Harvest

Growing our own food, foraging for mushrooms and other wild edibles help us be more self sustainable

Mahkato Powwow 2017

Celebrating our youngests' first Wacipi

Shampoo Bar Making Class

teaching our Sicangu Lakota youth how to make their own Shampoo Bars

Mahkato Powwow Traditional Medicines Class

Teaching MSU students about traditional medicines

Honey Mushroom

My husband made quite the haul this late summer with the Honey Mushrooms!

Garden Finds

Husband and middle daughter harvesting garden produce