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Dakota Language Books

An English-Dakota Dictionary
by John P. Williamson, Carolynn I. Schommer
Paperback
ISBN: 0873512839, Published by Minnesota Historical Society, 264 pages.

Book Description

John Williamson (1835-1917), son of missionary Dr. Thomas S. Williamson, grew up speaking both English and Dakota and spent most of his adult life on the Santee Reservation of northeastern Nebraska. In 1902 he made his contribution to the world's collection of lexicons by producing this English-Dakota dictionary.

A Dakota-English Dictionary
by Stephen Return Riggs, James Owen Dorsey (Editor), Carolynn I. Schommer
Paperback
ISBN: 0873512820, Published by Minnesota Historical Society, 665 pages.

Book Description

This Dakota-English dictionary was sponsored by the Minnesota Historical Society when it was first published by the Smithsonian Institution in 1852. The editor, Stephen R. Riggs (1812-83), had worked with Samuel and Gideon Pond and Dr. Thomas S. Williamson to create the dictionary as well as prayer books and hymnals. All four men were missionaries sent by the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions to work among the Dakota of the Minnesota River valley. This reprint edition returns to print an expanded version of the dictionary published in 1890.

Reading and Writing the Lakota Language: Lakota Lyapi UN Wowapi
by Albert White Hat
Paperback
ISBN: 0874805724, Published by Univ of Utah Pr, 272 pages.
Audio Cassette
ISBN: 0874805732, Published by Univ of Utah Pr.

Book Description

Based on extensive research and pedagogy on the Rosebud Reservation, this elementary grammar of Lakota, one of 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 structure, it emphasizes vocabulary and pronunciation. Author Albert White Hat Sr. presents Lakota philosophy as it applies to specific grammar lessons. These examples offer new information and interpretations of Lakota spirituality and society, even to scholars who specialize in Plains cultures. Moreover, he documents the impact of the acculturation process on language, showing how Lakota evolved as a result of non-Indian influences. Beyond language instruction, readers will value the book for its cultural insights, humorous stories, and its entertaining tone.

"White Hat has given a unique window into contemporary Lakota oral tradition as well as into language as it is now practiced on the Rosebud Sioux Reservation. No other Lakota language text and no other volume in the extensive Lakota ethnography tells us as much about the effect of language on both cultural deterioration and survival."--Julian Rice


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