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About Me

Starr Chief Eagle
Wichahpi Ohitika Winyan
Brave Star Woman

 “Educator of the Year Award” from Crazy Horse Memorial

29 years of Hoop Dancing.

14+ years of Public Speaking

10+ years of beading, sewing, jewelry making.

8+ years as a South Dakota Arts Council Roster Artist

Worked with hundreds of schools, camps, museums, and hospitals across the Midwest.

Starr Chief Eagle is an enrolled member of the Sicangu (Rosebud) Lakota Sioux Tribe.    She was born with the Lakota name Wichahpi Tokahe (First Star) and was later given the Lakota name Wichahpi Ohitika Winyan (Brave Star Woman) as she entered into adulthood. She grew up in the Black Hills of South Dakota including Rapid City and the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and started hoop dancing before she could walk.  Since then she has been practicing every year to perfect her techniques and skills.  Starr was raised up in hoop dancing by her father Dallas Chief Eagle and continues to carry on his teachings with a combination of her own.


          Starr enjoys sharing her culture through art, language, dance, and song for future generations in hopes of restoring and maintaining the Lakota culture.  She has performed the art of Hoop Dancing throughout the world and continues to further reach out at home and in the heart of the Paha Sapa (Black Hills of South Dakota) at places such as Crazy Horse Memorial as well as schools, libraries, camps, and other gatherings.  In her free time, she continues to learn more about the art, history, and language of the Lakota people.  She currently has maintained an A.A. in Lakota Studies from Oglala Lakota College as well as a B.S. in American Indian Studies minor in Philosophy from Black Hills State University. This knowledge is expressed through crafts such as beading, sewing, and other artworks as well as influences her performances and teachings, enriching her everyday life.


My Mission

I'm dedicated to celebrating and sharing my rich Native culture through education, sharing, and understanding.  As a Hoop Dancer and Artist, my mission is to honor the traditions of my peoples by engaging audiences in the vibrant and meaningful expressions of my heritage. 


It has been my goal to advocate for our truth.  I want address common misunderstandings and stereotypes about Native peoples by providing a safe space for learning.  In sharing my culture, I hope to bring people together of all nations and backgrounds for a fun and educational experience.

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