Traditional Lakota time expressions centered on the changing moons, seasonal changes, and the four important times of day (dawn, noon, sunset, and midnight). Time references to days of the week and the clock comes out of contact with European immigrants.
The seasons, which start on the spring equinox, summer solstice, fall equinox, and the winter solstice were described as times of birth in that every season is a new birth. The word etu designates time.
Wétu (suntime) Spring
Blokétu (potato time) Summer
Ptaƞyétu (changeable time) Fall
Waníyetu (snow time) Winter
Days of the Week
Aƞpétu Tȟokáheya (Monday)
Aƞpétu Núƞpa (Tuesday)
Aƞpétu Yámni (Wednesday)
Aƞpétu Tópa (Thursday)
Aƞpétu Záptaƞ (Friday)
Owáƞkayužažapi (Day to wash the Floor – Saturday)
Aƞpétu Wakȟáƞ (Day of power – Sunday)
Le aƞpétu kiƞ táku hwo? (What day is it today?)*
Four Important Times of Day
Áƞpo kiƞ (at dawn)
Wíčhokaƞ hiyaye kiƞ (when the sun is in the middle of its journey – noon)
Wímahél iyáye kiƞ (when the sun went in – sunset)
Haƞčhókaƞyaƞ kiƞ (middle of the night – midnight)
Posted and vocals by Wakinyan Waanatan (Matt Remle)
*hwo is a verbal question mark used by males. Females say “he” for verbal question mark.
The verbal doesn’t play on my IPad so I can’t hear the correct pronunciation. Bummer
Anything that can be done to preserve this language has my support
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I would like to learn some prayers in Lakota I think is important to me . Wopila .
Good idea! Check back soon for one.
How do you say wolf in lakota
Wopila! As we circle the wheel, can you give Lakotah for Vernal Equinox, Summer Solstice, Autumnal Equinox and Winter Solstice? Many Thanks,
Beautiful, thank you