Building Relationships through a Community Hair Shop!

The older Lakota girls fixed hair for the younger girls.
Listella ties Araya’s hair for curls.

We invited our inter-city girls basketball players from the Chamberlain School (6-8 grade) to what we called a community hair shop.  The purpose of this time was to share our talents and to learn a hair style – braiding or rag tie curling – so that when our St. Joseph’s students take part in a powwow or a dance event, they will have more people who can fix their hair the way they like it done.

We started with seven of our high school girls fixing the hair of our inter-city girls.  In return the, the inter-city girls fixed hair for St. Joseph’s girls in grades one through five.  We also invited staff and their families to take part in this exciting event.

We had about 60 girls (maybe more!) take part in our hair shop.  Everyone had a grand time!

At St. Joseph’s community hair shop, the girls wait for their styles to set.
After having their hair tied for curls, Shawna, Alyssa and Freddie let their styles set.

Author: St. Joseph's Indian School

At St. Joseph's Indian School, our privately-funded programs for Lakota (Sioux) children in need have evolved over 90 years of family partnership, experience and education. Because of generous friends who share tax-deductible donations, Native American youth receive a safe, stable home life; individual counseling and guidance; carefully planned curriculum based on Lakota culture and individual student needs and tools to help build confidence, boost self-esteem and improve cultural awareness. All of this helps children to live a bright, productive, possibility-filled future.

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