Lakota Words and Phrases You Can Use in Your Homeschool

Before Columbus, there were an estimated 300 native languages spoken north of modern-day Mexico. Today, only half of those languages remain, and some estimates assume that only 20 indigenous American languages will exist by the year 2050.

One of those languages is the Lakota language. Today, only 6,000 people can speak the Lakota language fluently, and the average age of a Lakota speaker is nearly 70 years old. To remember Native American Heritage Month this November, add these common Lakota words and phrases to your child’s homeschool lessons:

Haw (how) = Hello
Haw kola = Hello friend (male)
Haw mushkay = Hello friend (female)
Wash tay = Good
Lay he hun nee key lee la washday = This morning is good (good morning).
Pilaymaya = Thank you
Lol wah cheen = I am hungry.
Oh hu = Yes
Heyah = No
Wakan Tanka = Creator/God, literally meaning “great mystery.”
Ina = Mother
Ate – Father
Woyute = Food
Pejula sapa = Coffee (black medicine)
Doksa ake waunkte = I will see you again. (Lakota people don’t say goodbye).

Source:
Akta Lakota Museum & Cultural Center

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