The history of the Black Hills goes back thousands of years and has significant meaning to indigenous people. In 2015, the Sanford Underground Research Facility built the Sanford Lab Homestake Visitor Center to commemorate the city of Lead, South Dakota, and its rich mining history, while highlighting today’s scientific discoveries. Now, SURF is taking a step to recognize the diversity of the many peoples who have and do call this place home. We are creating an ethnobotanical garden, Cangleska Wakan, as a way to better understand the Indigenous cultures of the Black Hills, or Paha Sapa.
SURF found an ideal location onsite to build the ethnobotanical garden. The garden will be used to help us tell indigenous stories and learn about native plant species. Above all, it will serve as a space in which we learn to protect, respect and understand the area’s vibrant history, environment and the connections we all share.
Above all, this is a place for everyone. Cangleska Wakan will serve as a space to understand our environment in order to protect and respect our living landscape.