Traditionally, our culture was transmitted via oral stories and life experiences. I am not a religious leader, a medicine person, nor an elected Tribal official. I am a Dakotah win (woman) and an enrolled member of the Spirit Lake Nation. I share my story based on my understanding of culture, identity, life experiences and stories shared with me throughout my lifetime. I share this perspective as a female participant in Dakotah ceremonies that were and are integral to my healing and learning journey.