Daníkhota he? Are you Dakhota? Learning a new language is always a fun thing to do. I went to the Minneapolis American Indian Center yesterday to attend a Dakhota language class. The class was an amazing experience I was introduced to a new culture, way of living, and a new language.
In Minnesota, there are currently (that are known) only seven native or first Language Dakhota speakers, five of them are over the age of seventy-five and the other two are under the age of eighteen. The language class intention is to help other non-native speakers spread the language to the Dakhota people.
What other languages can you speak? Are they your native, second, third, etc. language? I challenge you to look into your own heritage, ask your parents, or take a DNA test to see what other nationalities you are. Then do some research about the nationality, look at the natives, try to learn the language, make it a challenge to learn more about yourself.
The Minneapolis American Indian Center along with the Two Rivers Gallery host free Ojibwe and Dakota Language Tables every Tuesday and Wednesday from 5-7 pm from January 3rd– April 26th 2018.
Both pictures are from the Minneapolis American Indian Center website.