Interior design, apparel merchandising students experience Lakota culture to become better global citizens

Seniors pursing degrees in interior design and apparel merchandising in SDSU’s Department of Consumer Sciences are immersing themselves in a life-changing experience to gain a new perspective.

Students in the senior interior design studio are designing and developing interior concepts for a proposed museum and memorial at the site of the 1890 Wounded Knee massacre on the Pine Ridge Reservation.

Meanwhile, apparel merchandising students are writing a diversity/research paper. Although not specifically apparel focused, the intent is to have them document either historic or current issues—like health care, for

example—and how they impact life on the reservation.

“The students really value this semester,” said lecturer of interior design Angela Boersma. sildenafil 100mg india vendita kamagra “In many ways, it’s been eye-opening and very transformative in the way that they think.

“We have many students who have never been to western South Dakota, let alone a reservation. Their perceptions are completely skewed based on what they hear from their peers.”

The interior design students are conceptualizing everything canadian pharmacy meds that goes with a museum experience—from initial spatial theories and space planning to interior displays, security and lighting systems, and even acoustical issues.

The interior design program got the go-ahead to offer designs of the museum’s interior from Encompass Architects of Lincoln, Neb., in 2011. The firm’s founding principle, Tami Eagle Bull, initially offered three different concepts for a memorial and museum to the Oglala Lakota tribal leaders at Pine Ridge before turning the project into an educational endeavor cialis generic online for the interior design students at SDSU.

“They were eager to let cialis pills for sale the students develop the interiors and figure out what the museum could become,” said Boersma, who predicted a physical structure wouldn’t actually be built for many years.

“That’s because there is still so much struggle with the idea of memorializing that site in some way,” she said. “I think the tribe would like to, but there is a large percentage of people who think a viagra online prescription memorial is unnecessary—that it’s digging into a sacred landscape.”

To better prepare the students, Boersma and associate professor Susan Strickler take them to Pine Ridge every fall. For four days, they meet with tribal experts, namely at Oglala Lakota College, Red Cloud Indian School and community development agencies. They also meet with Craig Howe, director of the Center for American Indian Research and Native Studies and a faculty member at Oglala Lakota College.

“Dr. Howe has been fantastic in shaping the trips and helping us,” said Boersma. “We cialis generic online spend time with him, community leaders and Extension agents.
“They help us collect a really great set of speakers and stops to give the students the best understanding of Pine Ridge, the Lakota culture and history in South Dakota during the last 100 years as well as can you buy viagra in bali current issues like finance, health care and education on the reservation.”

The Pine Ridge trip initially began about eight years ago as a collaboration project between Strickler from apparel merchandising and Les Rowland, former professor of interior design and lisinopril canada no prescription a local practicing architect. Later, professor Dean Isham took over the project for interior design and further developed it with Strickler as they cultivated new contacts and brought in more speakers to enhance the travel students opportunity.

Four years ago, Boersma picked up where Isham left off and continued to work with Strickler to develop the course into what it has become today—engaging SDSU Extension field specialist Karl O’Neill and Howe to help expand and refine learning opportunities even more.

The interior design students typically start their cialis generic online projects with extensive research into design theories, programming, precedents and site analysis.

For background dorneyville pharmacy information on what a museum about the Wounded Knee massacre would look like, the major architectural and interior precedents the students had were based on other tragic historical events such as the holocaust, genocide, war memorials or terrorist acts.

Consequently, the museum project impacts the students personally, according to Boersma, who pointed out that it’s

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“They have to feel and understand loss in order to fully comprehend how to design a museum and memorial that cold generate the kind of emotional and intellectual response that one would hope for in light of the tragedies that took place at Wounded Knee.

“One of the greatest lessons for them in this buy cialis paypal payment whole experience is being immersed in that kind of culture, the history and the place allows them to completely change their mind in many cases about what a reservation is.”

The apparel merchandising students had to write a paper about what stereotypes they held before starting the project. Prior to finishing, they will do a reflection piece about what was the most transformative part of their experience.

“One of the things the students do is actually participate in a sweat lodge ceremony or inipi,” noted Boersma. “An opportunity like that shows them a different way of thinking and they can view spirituality in a whole new cultural context.”

The main overall lesson for both sets of students is to become better global citizens, according to Boersma.

“When you get a degree in interior design or apparel merchandising, and are working for a multinational company, you really have can viagra cause a heart attack to understand the diversity of the people you serve. Even if you stay in South Dakota it is crucial to understand the people you serve and live with here.”

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