Dakhóta iýaa oyákihi he?- Can you Speak Dakota?

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.

For more information check out the Facebook website at Bde Ota Dakota Iapi Oceti or check out the Minneapolis American Indian Center website at https://www.maicnet.org/.

Both pictures are from the Minneapolis American Indian Center website.Minneaplis A.I.C. Inside

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