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The [R]Evolution Can Not Be Televised

Stsarting a tradition of Lakota poetry.

Many languages are losing their way
and their value to humanity everyday
This thing we know
Living languages must grow

https://youtu.be/tSx4ogqlR8I

These are the first known poems of record written in the Lakota language by Lakota people. The intent is to bring a tradition of poetry to Lakota culture as an additional tool of expression for Lakota speakers. It is a small contribution to the big effort of keeping the Lakota language, and the knowledge it contains, alive for all of humanity.

When we lose a language, we lose a little part of our collective humanity. Languages hold the history, experiences and knowledge of a people. Many things said in one language cannot be expressed in another so, when that language is lost, the ability to express that thing is lost.

Keeping a language alive can only be done if there are people speaking it. Learning a language requires learning to think in the language, rather than translate, because translations often fail to deliver accurate meaning. Poetry is even more difficult to translate so writing poetry in a language is a great way to practice expressing ones self in a language being learned.

I would love to try this with some other languages. As an artist in residence, I have been facilitating learning poetry in english and I facilitate a regular poetry group in the South Dakota prison system. But it is rare that one gets a chance to start a tradition of poetry in a language that has no such tradition.

Let me know what you think of the film. Please share it with friends and family. I hope it encourages more people to speak Lakota.