Dakotah History & Culture III @ ESDS
Last updated 2/22/2021 at 10:45pm
This 1 credit class was taught by Darell DeCoteau. The class examined the "Survival of the Dakotah Culture and Language" and the impact of past and current policies and perceptions. Participants from Enemy Swim Day School and the SWO Tribal Education Department studied the history of the Dakotah language from 200 years ago to today, especially on the Lake Traverse Indian reservation. In addition, the tight integration between the Dakotah language and culture was analyzed. Participants took an in-depth look at the historical-cultural norms and those of today. Wichohaƞ (culture, ethics, lifestyle, and traditions) were discussed to ensure a better understanding of the simple life from ehanƞna (long ago) that included complex thought and reflection on the everyday life of a Dakotah person today. Class objectives included: • Examine the evolution of the Dakotah language from 200 years ago to today. • Investigate the impact of past and current policies, as well as, perceptions on the Dakotah language. • Develop a clear understanding of Dakotah Wicohaƞ, and how it affected everyday life. • Discuss historical trauma, past and present with regard to wars, religion, education and misunderstandings. • Examine "Dakotah Wicohan" • Discuss Tribal politics, treaties, and sovereignty and how they affect the Dakotah Oyate.
This the third year that Darell shared his Dakotah History and Culture wisdom and knowledge.