Because of Covid 19 this year 2020 we will be reducing the number of volunteers and work away participants. Since the cases have begun to level off we will allow a limited number for the remainder of the year providing we feel comfortable with the situation locally and the participants once we have talked to them and prayed about it.
We help run the Keepers of the Sacred Tradition of Pipemakers and they are a non-profit american Indian organization in Pipestone MN with members from many tribes from the US, Canada and Central America. Pipestone is known as the crossroads of the Indian world. Our Mission is to educate the public (tribal as well as non tribal) about our native culture and protect the pipestone quarries for all Tribal people.
The town of Pipestone is famous for their stone which is used by many of the tribes to make their pipes. We run the Keepers gift shop in Pipestone where we sell pipes and various American Indian art and craft supplies, gift items and much more. We also do presentations and workshops including pipemaking. We have taught various traditional craft classes and also run a culture camp where you can learn about tribal culture including cooking, arts and craft and storytelling.
You will be staying with us; Bud Johnston, Rona Johnston and our daughter who is currently 13 years old . Camas is home schooled with a little un-schooling mixed in. We live on a small farm in the country with a horse, cats, chickens and a dog. We have good internet access at home and in our gift shop. You will be helping with a verity of chores which might be at the gift shop or in our home. Depending on your experience you might help with a building repair project or in more direct running of the gift shop or ? We will provide you the opportunity to visit, ask question and or participate in cultural activities including making items.
Help with Eco project
Help in the house
Help with Computers / internet
We hope to share some of what we know with those who host with us and depending on how long you stay you can even learn some native arts or crafts. We are a Native American Indian family who embrace our culture and spirituality. I am enrolled Cherokee and my Husband Bud and daughter Camas are enrolled Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. We hope that we can also learn a little from our volunteers about where they are from and thing that they do and enjoy. My family loves to play board games and we are even working on creating our own game which includes learning a little about the Ojibwe language. Life is beautiful and Creator brings many blessings with each day and with each person we meet.
We need people to help us on our farm in Garretson SD you can do a variety of jobs from cleaning, gardening, setting up tipis, building, repairs on our 60 acre farm, home schooling our daughter and more. Everyone is required to help with daily chores around the house washing dishes, daily cleaning, cooking or ? along with work away projects.
You might really enjoy staying in the summer when we travel and do presentations and we need lots of help during the Keepers annual gathering which is usually the 4th week in July. Bud, Camas and I do much of the planning and running Of the gathering. It is a get together of Native American and non native people wanting to learn more about our tribal ways and spirituality.
We prefer people who want to stay with us at least 2 weeks up to several months. Please only non smoking Volunteers. We hope you are interested in sharing and learning.
We have a spare room or a tipi (Available only in summer) You are welcome to eat with us in fact we prefer this. In our Native culture eating together is an important activity which brings people together creating bonds. We eat mostly organic food, grow a big garden every year and can accommodate most food allergies and special diets. I am a vegetarian with a gluten sensitivity, dairy allergy, and allergies to many additives and preservatives. My husband Bud isn't a vegetarian we serve meat most days but not at every meal. I do not want unhealthy junk food in my home , but during celebrations or specail events we do eat some unhealthy fun stuff.
Our winter weather can be very cold and our summers can be hot. There are many things to see in the local area. We live in South Dakota 30 minutes from Sioux Falls. Pipestone is 1-hour drive from a large city and only has 4500 people. Things our volunteers have done in the spare time include learn beadwork, make a leather bag, carve pipestone, attend local events, drive in theater, Mall of American (4 hour by car away), museums, zoo, just hang out and talk, play board games (Catan, Ascension, Terra Mystica , Carcassonne.) Also, lots of space to take walks through a small town, the prairie and a large private wooded area on our farm.
For those who might be interested in bringing a family. Our space is better suited to families with 1 or 2 children and we ask that all the children follow the family rules. These include a 1 hour a day electronic rule for games and TV unless they are part of homeschooling. More can be earned by doing extra school work or jobs. For the meal we require everyone to eat together and that everyone stays at the table till all are done, everyone helps out setting the table, cleaning up after meals and everyone can choose one food they do not like to eat and I will make sure that foods are made without that food. Everyone will also help out with at least one other job each week and keep all their things cleaned up. I ask that all adults help the children stay on task and do their part. Camas goes to bed by 10 pm and ask that other children do the same and the activities after 9 should be quiet, of course there are always special occasions or one night a week where we might break that rule. I will give preference to other homeschool families because I want the kids to do schoolwork together. I think it will be good for all to learn from each other and I have experimented with a variety of homeschool ideas and am very open to my daughter learning to understand herself, the world and the things she needs to know to live a happy life. Also if bringing more than 1 child per 2 adults you will need to contribute to the food costs.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
More than two
5 hours per day, 5 days a week
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