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Sacred Language

The Nature of Supernatural Discourse in Lakota
by William K. Powers
Published by LAKOTA BOOKS © 2013

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1 Incomprehensible Terms
2 Oglala Song Terminology
3 Song Texts
4 Containing the Sacred
5 Sacred Numbers
6 Naming the Sacred
7 Shamans and Priests
Appendix A Phonological Key
Appendix B Glossary
Notes, Bibliography, Index

23 illustrations, four tables, 247 pp. $34.95
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The Siouan Languages by Thaddeus C. Grimm. Newton, KS: Mennonite Press. 2012. 85pp. Bibliography, linguistic map, tables.
$ 24.95

This book summarizes the current status of all known Siouan Languages and their dialects. Catawban is included as it is the closest distant relative to Siouan. The book concentrates on phonology and lexicology rather than grammar. Glottochronology, also called lexico-statistic dating, was used to determine the time depths between languages. These time references are correlated with archeological evidence.

The author hold a doctorate in Chemical Engineering. He became interested in Siouan Languages as a teenager in St. Louis, Missouri in the mid-1950s. He has presented academic papers before the Annual Siouan Caddoan Language Conference between 1997 and 2006

This is a remarkable book for advanced scholars in linguistics and lexico-statistical methodology.



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New Books from Lakota Language Consortium
Monolingual Picture Books from Lakota Language Consortium

Whether you’re just learning Lakota or have a young person you want to teach, this new series from Lakota Language Consortium represent a dynamic new approach. The story in each book appears in Lakota only. At the end of the story, words and phrases are translated into English.
Uncharacteristic of most language books, there are beautiful illustrations that will attract the attention of young and old readers. Illustrated by famous Lakota and non-Lakota artists, I’m sure this will create a new trend in future language studies, and encourage LLC to do more.

with Ben Black Bear, Jr



A pedagogically oriented self-study reference and practice book for beginner to upper-intermediate students. 624 pages. Profusely illustrated in color. Bibliography. Index. Lakota Language Consortium. 2016. I could easily say that this book is the final word on the Lakota language. However, owing to Jan Ullrich’s past and continuing dedication to the language , I doubt that it will be. However, at the moment, it is the singular authoritative documentation of the Lakota language. If anything better appears, I trust Ullrich will be the author.

I met Jan Ullrich at Pine Ridge in 1992 at our Lakota Field School operated by my wife, Marla, at Holy Rosary Mission. He was carrying a back pack and when I asked what brings him to Pine Ridge he stated that he was there trying to learn how to speak Lakota. One of our Lakota instructors asked him if he could say anything. He did. Everyone was impressed with his perfect accent. Sixteen years later he produced New Lakota Dictionary and the Lakota Language Consortium was born. The date signals a revolution in the way we understand the Lakota Language. In 2016, we now have th Lakota Grammar/Handbook. Congratulations, Jan for such a worthy achievement. Nape ciyuze kola.

I must also congratulate Ben Black, Bear, Jr. whom I have known since my family and I stayed in his father’s tipi in Rosebud over 50 years ago. All this time Ben has continued to be a sanctuary of hope for the Lakota people, their language, and tradition of his father. Wopila tanka, kola,. Ohiniyan ciksuyin kte.

Along with the New Lakota Dictionary this grammar/ handbook offers the most comprehensive documentation of the Lakota language. It provides a self-study reference and practice guide for second-language learners as well as for linguistic researchers and teachers. It also includes a grammar practice book which includes answer keys for the exercises.

Over 600 pages provide nearly 19,000 example and practice samples. Many of these examples appear for the first time, as do revisions of previous ones. All sentences come from narratives and dialogues recorded from native speakers.

Most striking, I think, is the fact that Ullrich includes examples specifically meant to show the relationship between Lakota language and its cultural matrix. As an example, he describes verbs that are used in prayers to evoke the relationship to the Creator. I know of no other Lakota dictionary that broaches this important means of understanding Lakota cultural values. After all, each language one studies evolves from a cultural beginning Ultimately the new-born language becomes the authority on the incipient culture itself.

For those unfamiliar with the rich history of the Lakota people, the creations of written Lakota, and the people who contributed to it, the Introduction must be read carefully. Also there are two indices, a topical index which explains linguistic terminology used throughout, and a lexical index which includes in Lakota and English items specifically addressed in the each unit.

Lakota Language Consortium deserves kudos for this latest contribution to Native American languages. It serves as a tribute to the hundreds of Lakota speakers who have shared their language and culture for all. Wopila tanka!

(The Thunder Beings)
by Elliot Bannister and Jan Ullrich.
Illustrations by Marty Two Bulls.

22 pages.
The night can be scary when the wind is blowing, sirens are howling, and lightning is flashing. But you are never alone in a storm. 10 Illustrations in color.



(The Fox Who Saw His Own Shadow) by Elliot Bannister and Jan Ull. Illustrations by Thomas Hillery.

21 pages. One day when Little Red is rabbit-hunting, he is amazed to meet another fox just like him. In this funny tale, Little Red learns about day and night – and his own sense of rivalry. 18 Illustrations in color.



GNAŚKALA (Froggy) by Elliot Bannister and Jan Ullrich. Illustrations by Laura Nikiel.
$ 24.95

22 pages. What little legs and yellow eyes and slimy skin? Froggy! I do everything I can to make Froggy happy!
20 Illustrations in color.



(Do You Like to Dance)
by Elliot Bannister and Jan Ullrich.
Illustrations by Marty Two Bulls.

18 pages. Quickly or slowly? Indoors or outdoors? Alone or with friends? How do you like to dance? 19 Illustration in color.



WAUNYUTAPI IYEHANTU (Time to Eat) by Elliot Bannister and Jan Ullrich.

Today’s a good day for a cookout! But Nathan and Lora just can’t wait to eat. What tasty treats are their family cooking up? 19 Illustrations in color.






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