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The project “Rising Voices/Hótȟaŋiŋpi” examines the struggle to learn the Lakota language. It’s one of many programs all over the US focused on revitalizing individual Native languages. What does it take to really learn the tongue of your people? Are you worried the most basic tools of communication for your ancestors are disappearing? What challenges do communities and individuals face with acquiring and speaking Indigenous language?
Tipiziwin Tolman (Dakota and Lakota) – lead Lakota language activities instructor in the pre-school room at the Lakota Language Nest
Amber Hayward (Puyallup/ Confederated Salish and Kootenai) – language program director for Puyallup Tribe of Indians
Break Music: Steamboat Akalii Song (song) Jay Begaye (artist) Horses Are Our Journey (album)