This exploratory, qualitative study provides insight into the traditional concept of tiospaye (extended family and kinship to these relations) by Oglala Lakota elders in the modern context of the Pine Ridge Indian reservation in South Dakota. The authors reframe the modern implementation of these traditional practices of kinship as community grandparenting, in which the elders extend the role and responsibilities of grandparenting behaviors to all youths in the community. This study employed Indigenous methodologies, which allowed the 25 elders to share their stories in a culturally tailored, relational manner. The study uses thematic analysis to identify three themes associated with community grandparenting: (a) providing parental guidance and resources, (b) offering cultural and spiritual teachings, and (c) modeling their Lakota values. The authors present implications for culturally relevant research and clinical practice.
Kepple, N. J.,
(2017). Grandparents of the community: Lakota elders’ view of intergenerational care. GrandFamilies: The Contemporary Journal of Research, Practice and Policy, 4 (1).
Available at: https://scholarworks.wmich.edu/grandfamilies/vol4/iss1/9