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The newest book I”m working on involves the Lakota Tribe — and so in the writing of it, I seem to have my nose in either a Lakota Grammar book or Lakota Dictionary. And so words and phrases of the Lakota (at the turn of the century) are filling my head and I thought it might be nice to share some words and phrases. Wanna try?
Cicanniga — which means “I choose thee.”
ci means I…thee…you — I hope you”ll forgive me but I don”t know very much about how one pronounces these words and phrases, so please forgive me on some of these. So perhaps we can learn that together
“Yes,” by the way is said differently by men than by women. Men say “Hau” which we”ve heard over and over again in 50″s Westerns — pronounced how. Women say “Han.”
If you”ve ever seen the movie Stolen Women, Captured Hearts — a TV movie, you”ll hear one of the Indian women say, “han.” The picture here is of the star of that TV movie, Michael Grayeyes.
By the way, here”s a bit of trivia — did you know that the reason that the American Indian raised his hand flat in the air and said, “Hau,” was to show he had no weapon in his hand and was thus, friendly.
No is said “Eaaaa” by both men and women. Another picture of Michael Greyeyes off to the left here. Here are some interjections, which are always nice, I think: “taku,” means “what;” “tukte” means which; and “toha” mean “how many.”
But for all of us romantics, this is one of my favorite phrases: “waste kicilakapi,” which means they love one another or mutual love.
waste — good ; wakan — mysterious, sacred ; watuka — tired ; aica — bad; sapa — black ; was” aka — strong canlwaste — good-hearted.
Of course off to the right here is a picture of Adam Beach in…gee, I forget the name of the movie — I believe it was a TV movie. If you know the name of it, please do let me know.
Well, I hope you have enjoyed this little brief blog into the language of the Lakota — back in Los Angeles I have a book of common phrases used in movies (given to me by Grandfather George, from a movie that he was in). So perhaps in the future we can learn a bit more of the language.
Until then, “hau (han) kola”
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