The work site.

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Our Habitat House we worked on for the week.

Even though we stayed in Eagle Butte, the actual work site was a small community named Bear Creek.  I'll try my best to sum things up, despite it being 3 years ago.

Work Site

Our group was divided into two work sites.  And really they were within walking distance so it was not a big deal.  The first house was one that was near completion and was probably going to be finished within the next month.  Our main jobs for the week was installing the floor and fascia and end boards along the outside of the house (at least that's all I did on that site).

Every house in this picture was built by Habitat for Humanity, Okiciyapi Tipi Afiliate.
  I know other members from our group and Minnesota worked together installing some cupboards, counters and quite a bit of finishing work around the rooms.  This was often the site for our lunch break where both groups would get together for a 30 min break and what often turned into a 90 min lesson on Lakota history, culture and government.  Jerry, the leader of the local chapter was also a leader within the community and was a fascinating wealth of knowledge about so many things.  Not only did we all enjoy the work we did, but every one of us cherished the time we got to spend with Jerry, and the knowledge and experiences we were able to take away, just because we got to know him.

The second work site was just underway.  Throughout the week we had to help with parts of the foundation, installing the floor joists and the sheets of plywood that went into the floor.  Of course with all these terms I'm throwing around (possibly incorrectly) are all terms that were new to just about all of us.

Park in Bear Creek where we worked on 2 Habitat for Humanity houses.
  But one of the great things a volunteer can take out of Habitat, outside of knowing how you've made a difference, is what you learn you can do in construction, and building a house.  It's a cool piece of knowledge to have.

The Park

Many pictures here are from the park.  Which was right next to the community building where we had some local families cook some "indian tacos" for us and where our bathroom stop was.  But the park was built for the children in the community, by a boy scout of the community.  It was a great reflection of the Native American culture on how its the community, that takes care of each other, and all members are important.

 

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Distractions on the way to work.
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Local making use of their park.
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