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Please register at the link provided below to attend “A Capacity for the Unlimited Within Constraints” a two-part workshop to compose poems written entirely in Lakota language with elegance, surprise and depth, led by Layli Long Soldier (Oglala Lakota) and Tilda St. Pierre (Oglala Lakota), part of the Racing Magpie Winter Camp series. This two-day workshop is open to a general audience, and Layli will also be offering a youth-focused (ages 13-19) workshop on November 24. Please see our other events for information on that workshop.

The event will run from noon until 2pm Mountain Time on both November 21 and November 22. You can join this event on Zoom or watch the streamed version on Facebook Live. Layli and Tilda recommend that you have access to a Lakota-English dictionary of some sort, or a Lakota speaker whom you can consult for vocabulary during the workshop.

If you are joining via Zoom, we do ask that you preregister at https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYsf-6qrTMsHdCSh7abiNk9MwbgurF7skh7. Once you register, you will get the link to join the Zoom.

Layli Long Soldier holds a B.F.A. from the Institute of American Indian Arts and an M.F.A. from Bard College. Her poems have appeared in POETRY Magazine, The New York Times, The American Poet, The American Reader, The Kenyon Review Online, BOMB and elsewhere. She is the recipient of an NACF National Artist Fellowship, a Lannan Literary Fellowship, a Whiting Award, and was a finalist for the 2017 National Book Award. She has also received the 2018 PEN/Jean Stein Award and the 2018 National Book Critics Circle Award. She is the author of Chromosomory (Q Avenue Press, 2010) and WHEREAS (Graywolf Press, 2017). She resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Tilda was born to the union of Leona Crazy Thunder and Silas Long Soldier. Her maternal Grandmother Sadie Little Warrior- Crazy Thunder was instrumental in her childhood. Her parents, Ella Cloud Horse and Johnson Little Warrior were survivors of the Custer Battle. On her Father’s side Tilda’s grandparents (Red Horn and Wife) are buried in the mass grave at the Wounded Knee Massacre site. It is from Grandmother Sadie that she learned to cook in the old ways, outdoors, harvest, store and use wild plants. It was from her Maternal Aunt Dora Little Warrior-Rooks that Tilda’s love of beadwork became as useful tool in family survival as well as a training ground for new items and techniques.

Tilda has taught Beadwork, Quillwork and Lakota Cooking for Cloud Horse Art Institute Since 2007. For much of the last 15 years she has been involved in the South Dakota State Arts Council’s Artist Apprentice Program as a Master Artist. Recently Tilda has been involved with acquiring an abandoned Head Start Campus into the first Native American arts teaching facility in the history of South Dakota and the Northern Plains. She is married to Author Mark St. Pierre and is a partner in Cloud Horse Media, Co-producers of “Mato Paha Rally to Protect Bear Butte,” and manager/owner of the Odd Duck Inn – a successful small Inn on the Pine Ridge Reservation.

The Racing Magpie Winter Camp program is reimagining the Lakota winter camp model of problem solving and community building in today’s world by examining the deeper reasons why Lakota people do things the way they do and why they interact with the universe around them. As plants and trees focus their energy on building strength and growing from the roots during the winter, our community will join to strengthen and grow together each year through sharing and learning. Watch for more events each month through the winter.

Support for the Winter Camp program is generously provided through a grant from the South Dakota Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, The Bush Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.