Lakota Language Weekend coming to Rapid City

Photo courtesy of Lakota Language Consortium Facebook page

RAPID CITY, S.D. — A traveling language workshop for the Lakota language will be in Rapid City the first weekend of October.

The Lakota Language Weekend is lead by a team of instructors from the Lakota Language Consortium’s Summer Institute. The weekend program is designed as a crash course on Lakota language and culture, teaching the Lakota kinship system, how to make introductions, greet relatives and build basic sentences.

Lakota is considered a critically endangered language by UNESCO. The Lakota Language Consortium estimates that about 2,000 Lakota as a first-language speakers are left. However, the upsurge in attendance to Lakota programs has given teachers and learners new confidence that they can reverse the decline and move the language forward for generations to come.

Evens like the Lakota Language Weekend are particularly important this year, as the United Nations declared 2019 as the International Year of Indigenous Languages.

The Lakota Language Weekend will take place at the Holiday Inn Rapid City-Rushmore Plaza on October 5 and 6, with the option to sign up for one or both days. To register for the event, click here.

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