Chip Away Pottery by William Lopez

Join local artist William Lopez on Jan. 8 at noon at the Matthews Opera House in Spearfish as he breaks down the story behind his one-of-a-kind “chip away” pottery.

This will be an artist talk on the themes found in his work, his technique, and a display of some of his favorite pieces. This is a free event. Coffee and refreshments will be served

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Lakota, Dakota games resource guide

SDSU Extension recently released a resource guide on traditional Dakota and Lakota games. The free, downloadable guide contains six traditional Dakota games and six traditional Lakota games, including photos, instructions on how to play and how to craft the game pieces.

“The resource is easy-to-use and promotes physical activities for families, teachers in classrooms, tribal programs, and museum presenters, among others,” said Prairey Walkling, SDSU Extension Family and Community Health Field Specialist.

Content was provided by Jeremy Red Eagle, member of the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate who is currently employed at the Sisseton Wahpeton College as an apprentice learning the Dakota Language, and Mike Marshall, a Lakota artist of the Sicangu Lakota. The project was coordinated by Walkling.

A partner in these efforts is the International Traditional Games Society of Montana, which aims to recover, restore and re-introduce traditional games. The games were once taught for survival, but today are often played for fun.

“Within SDSU Extension’s Healthy Food, Families & Communities project, we are using traditional games as a strategy to increase physical activity in communities that are high-risk for chronic diseases related to obesity,” Walkling said.

Bringing back traditional games helps restore cultural capital to indigenous peoples. The First Peoples of the Americas had thousands of diverse games, some of which were the foundation of modern games including baseball, cricket, hockey and soccer.

“Traditional games offer mental, physical and spiritual benefits. They are also very versatile, as many game pieces come from nature, allowing them to be implemented with minimal resources and played any time of the year,” Walkling said.

The Dakota and Lakota Traditional Games Resource can be found at For more information, contact Prairey Walkling at or at 605-394-1772. If interested in a traditional games presentation, contact Mike Marshall at or 605-208-4144.

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