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Marla Bull Bear

Honey Lodge: Our Winged Relatives and Activism within a Lakota Bee Experience
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Honey Lodge:

Our Winged Relatives and Activism
within a Lakota Bee Experience

The Lakota people revere all expressions of nature, animate and inanimate, whether earth, sky, animals, plants, ancestors, spirits. This interconnectivity is imbued throughout their culture and even extends to life forms introduced to the landscape, such as the European honey bee.

Aiming to cultivate Lakota heritage among its youth, the Honey Lodge program immerses participants in beekeeping, animism, cultural heritage, community development, entrepreneurship, and personal leadership. Marla Bull Bear shares insights on how to motivate the next generation and spark activism where you live.

About Marla

Marla C. Bull Bear is Sicangu (Burnt Thigh in English) Lakota, and has been sharing traditional knowledge with youth for more than 30 years. She is the founding Executive Director of Lakota Youth Development, whose mission is to reclaim Lakota language, culture, and spirituality by promoting education and healthy lifestyles to youth through culturally based strategies.

Marla received a Master's in Community Counseling from a tribal university located on the Rosebud Reservation, and administers culturally specific prevention services to tribal members, teaches equine-assisted life skills, and practices auricular acupuncture. She is a registered trainer for auricular acupuncture and also a trainer of Native American Substance Abuse Prevention Skills. Her most recent passion is youth development through apprenticeships and beekeeping.


Inspired by the scholarship and leadership of

the Melissae (ancient bee priestesses and oracles), we invite you to

meet select luminaries and international thought leaders, who share

insights, visions, and dreams for a new tomorrow.

During this yearlong online series, we meander through a labyrinth

of Science, Sacred, His-/Herstory, Mystery, Art/Medicine, and Activism

— the pillars that comprise the College of the Melissae.

Amid troubled times, together we ask: Who are we?

Where did we come from? And how can we recreate our cosmology?

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