tahtonka, in the beginning~

You have a wonderful blog. I look forward to reading other posts throughout your blog. Thanks for sharing….

tahtonka - A Journey Through Global Culture

My favorite place on Earth, Yellowstone and the Tetons.


This is a quite personal Blog concerning my passion for the world’s people and places, or to be more accurately defined, Global Culture.

My education was in Anthropology and much of what you will find here shall be conversations regarding the relevant past, present or future of Cultural Issues and News from around our Globe.

For those who may not be familiar with the word tahtonka, it is Lakota for Buffalo or Bison.

The first time that I heard the word, was when it was used in the movie Dances with Wolves, then a few years later, I studied the Lakota people at CSUN.

But the word did not truly reach its full meaning until seeing first hand, the ancestral importance it held for the Lakota people in South Dakota.

For hundreds of years, before the invasion of their homelands, the Buffalo/Bison had been the central part of their Culture.

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Write, write, write

This is so true! The more you write the better the stories are that you come up with. You have to enjoy writing….The words just seem to flow through the paper and you cannot think about grammar, punctuation or anything like that until you are done writing. A year ago I wrote over 100,000 words in my journal just about things that I have done during the day. It just seems to flow right onto the paper or onto the word document. Reading gives you more insight of how other writer’s have made it in the world. Thanks for sharing this awesome post….

“So many people…

Very True!!! People are always chasing the wrong dreams…They are not worried about the future because they think that things are going to keep going. Thanks for posting!!!!

Radiating Blossom ~ Flowers & Words

“So many people walk around with a meaningless life. They seem half asleep, even when they’re busy doing things they think are important. This is because they’re chasing the wrong things. The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning.”

~ from Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom

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My Knife Scars From Poor Judgement

Knife Cut {reflect}

You know everyone has scars that they must live with throughout their life. Some are worse than others and they find ways to deal with the scars that they have in their life. Sometimes it is hard for people to talk about the scars that they have in their life. Other’s seem to talk about their scars like it is no big deal. Some people do not like to talk about the things that they have gone through because of the pain that it has caused in their life. There are just too many scars to mention here so she will talk about a few that she received over the years.

One day she was trying to pull sausage off the plastic it came on out of the freezer, she used a knife and the knife slide right through the plastic, under the sausage and she got herself in the hand. Not only did she not learn anything the first time she decided to do it again and now has a V shape on the palm of her hand.

Another experience involved trying to open a can with a knife because she did not have a can opener and she missed the can and now has a “T” between her thumb and forefinger. Of course, she has never tried this again because of the bad luck that she had with the previous encounters. She has learned a valuable lesson to never open cans or pry sausage from wrapping. LOL….

Well enough about the scars that she cannot forget. Of course, she knows that people will get a kick out of the stories behind the scars that she has on her hand. No matter what you do you will have scars from different parts of your life. Whether it be family, friends, boyfriends, work, or anything else that is pertinent in your life. All you can do is make the best of the scars and learn from them.

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