Lakota Documentaries receives grant

May 15th, 2013 | By | Category: 24-4: Language Revitalization, Tribal College News

By Jurgita Antoine

The South Dakota Humanities Council has awarded a media grant to Lakota Documentaries’ project on the Rosebud Reservation. Founded by the late Don Moccasin, Lakota Documentaries is an elder documentation project at Sinte Gleska University (Mission, SD). The project has compiled more than 200 hours of recorded interviews, with a significant portion in the Lakota language. The collection is valuable not only for the accounts of Lakota history and cultural stories it preserves, but also because it documents the Lakota language as it is spoken in the 21st century.

The grant will support editing a portion of the material into a book printed in both Lakota and English. A 52-minute video recording of elders speaking Lakota—with English subtitles— will accompany the book. The goal of the project is to produce media in Lakota language for educational purposes and to encourage the use of the language in the community.

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