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Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve at the 2011 South Dakota Festival of Books in Deadwood. Photo by Bernie Hunhoff.

Strong Values, Strong Hearts

September 25, 2012
Sioux author Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve highlights the best aspects of her culture in her books.

The Poker Alice Band in 2004: Nick Schwebach, Larry Rohrer, Al Remund, Owen DeJong and Dennis Johnson. Photo by Jerry Wilson.

Why Poker Alice?


The Clay County musicians in the Poker Alice Band can't explain their name, but the reasons for their popularity are obvious.

Threshing machines and other farm equipment make sturdy billboards, like this one pointing travelers to the Jamesville Hutterite Colony near Utica. Photo by Chris Moore.

Threshing on the South Dakota Prairie


Agricultural history lovers salute the hard, hot labor of the South Dakota thresherman at bees and jamborees.

Tabor s Beseda Dancers proudly showcase their dancing. Photo by Chad Coppess, SD Tourism.

Polka Time in Tabor


Every Father's Day weekend, one Bon Homme County town bounces to a polka beat fueled by kolaches and cultural pride.

Rockin' the Spearfish Pavilion


Fifty years ago, the Black Hills drew the biggest names in music.

Joyce Hofer of Freeman is a former Schmeckfest chairwoman. Photo by Katie Hunhoff.

Freeman's Tasting Festival


Schmeckfest, a festival of German food, has been a Hutchinson County tradition for over 50 years.

A boy marvels at “Iron Star” by John Lopez. Photo by Bernie Hunhoff. Click to enlarge photo.

Art al Fresco


Move over, Mount Rushmore. Outdoor art is flourishing in communities all over South Dakota.

Katharina Redlin, pictured here with one of the cockatiels she raised and sold, found a peaceful life waiting for her in Summit.

Love Letter From Grant County


The promise of security lured Katharina Redlin to Grant County. Love kept her there.

Galen Wallum displays a few of the paintings he pulled out of his pickup trailer.

High in the Saddle


Wall’s cowboy artist Galen Wallum paints a vanishing breed.

Staging Comebacks


Century-old opera houses are regaining their former stature.

The Wheat Ritual


Wheat is just dark bread to most Americans, but it encompasses history, geography and a way of life for thousands of South Dakota farm families.

Ten ‘Must See’ South Dakota Paintings


Take a look at these noteworthy works of art located within South Dakota's borders.

South Dakota’s Corn Culture


Pioneers would be amazed at how one golden crop has transformed the state's landscape and lifestyle.

Saving Their Language


A movement is in progress to fight the decline of the Lakota and Dakota languages by creating a new generation of speakers.  

Pettigrew's Redemption


Might a sculptor vindicate Sioux Falls' forgotten father?

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