Reading and Writing Lakota Language (Paperback)

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Based on extensive research and pedagogy on the Rosebud Reservation, this elementary grammar of Lakota, one of the three languages spoken by the Sioux nation, is the first written by a native Lakota speaker. It presents the Sicangu dialect using an orthography developed by Lakota in 1982 and which is now supplanting older systems provided by linguists and missionaries. This new approach represents a powerful act of self-determination for Indian education.

Though Reading and Writing the Lakota Language is thorough in its inclusion of conjugation, syntax, and sentence, it emphasizes vocabulary and pronunciation. Author Albert White Hat Sr. presents Lakota philosophy as it applies to specific grammar lessons. Moreover, he documents the impact of the acculturation process on the language, showing how Lakota evolved as a result of non-Indian influences. The textual example offers new information and interpretation of Lakota society, even to scholars who specialize n Plains cultures. Beyond language instruction, readers will value the book for its cultural insights, humorous stories, and its entertaining tone.

About the Author

 Albert White Hat, Sr. is a professor at Sinte Gleska University.

Praise For…

 “Every Indian language should have a book like this.”
—Journal of Anthropological Research

Product Details
ISBN: 9780874805727
ISBN-10: 0874805724
Publisher: University of Utah Press
Publication Date: February 26th, 1999
Pages: 240
Language: English