Jace DeCory says, “If you don’t have that philosophical base… the Lakota base of how we look at the world, then there’s a little bit missing from you as a person (DeCory). The importance of religious identity for the Lakota people is told explicitly here. The creation story and emergence tale later described, are what the Lakota people’s entire religion is based on. All religions begin with how the world came into being, and therefore the story of creation is the birth of their faith. Their story of emergence gives them their identity, it tells where they as a people came from, and how they are to survive and behave.
The Lakota Creation story tells the origin of the world, the living creatures that inhabit it, and the Buffalo people. The story begins with Inyan, the creator, a being so powerful that nothing else could exist but him. Then Inyan separated a part of its...
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