The Lakota Sun Dance is a sacred ceremony where young Lakota dance for days and nights while fasting. It's a celebration of life and the continued strength of their people. Howe's mural was controversial, since many Lakota wanted to keep the ceremony private after years of being persecuted for participating in traditional religious ceremonies.
Sun Dance, Rosebud, South Dakota, 1928, Major Israel McCreight. The Sun Dance is a Lakota religious ceremony. “Only a very brave warrior became a candidate for the Sun Dance, for it meant giving his own body in supreme sacrifice. He must endure the greatest physical pain to ensure that his prayers would be answered. These prayers were to prevent tribal famine or the death of a dear one, or that could bring fortitude in facing immense odds in impending battle or help on behalf of a friend deemed
Wi wanyang wacipi The Native American Sundance now illegal where the sacrifice of the Warriors to the tribe is shown by being suspended by rawhide after wooden pegs are inserted through the flesh on the shoulders. The dance ends when the skin tears. Biggest respect is given by Native Americans to those who have endured the Sundance.