wopila

wopila (wô·pēˑ·lä),

n Lakota Indian practice of the give-away ceremony, during which wealth was distributed to ensure that no one person's or one family's wealth dominates others.
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Muriel wanted to deliver gifts of blankets to the patients and photos of the wopila, or "thank you.
Give Aways are sometimes ended with a Wopila (thank you) Song where everybody who got a give will join in.
JG: We are out here, we are surviving, we are living our traditions, we do go to sweats, we do have Wopila [thanksgiving] ceremonies, people still sun dance, people still go on vision quests, all of these things we still have.