Speaking Lakota: Where are you from? Nitúktetaƞhaƞ he?

LRInspire presents: learning to speak Lakota Where are you from? Nitúktetaƞhaƞ he?

When meeting someone for the first time one of the first questions always asked is, “Where are you from?” Non-Native peoples often interpret this as meaning where do you live, but the question is really asking about ones tribal affiliation.

Nitúktetaƞhaƞ he? (Where are you from?)

Íƞyaƞ Woslál Háƞ emátaƞhaƞ. (I am from Standing Rock)

Niyáte tuktétaƞhaƞ he? (Where is your Dad from?)

Até Wakpá Wašté hetáƞhaƞ. (My Dad is from Cheyenne River.)

Nihúƞ tuktétaƞhaƞ he? (Where is your Mom from?)

Iná Wazí Aháƞhaƞ hetáƞhaƞ. (My Mom is from Pine Ridge.)

Tuktétaƞhaƞpi he? (Where are they from?)

Sičháƞǧu Oyáƞke kiƞ etáƞhaƞpi. (They are from Rosebud.)

Vocals by Wakíƞyaƞ Waánataƞ (Matt Remle)

Matt Remle, far left.

Matt Remle, far left.








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3 thoughts on “Speaking Lakota: Where are you from? Nitúktetaƞhaƞ he?

  1. This is great for a language geek like me! Thanks for posting it. Now I’m trying to pronounce Wakíƞyaƞ Waánataƞ’s name; I _think_ I’m getting it right. 🙂

  2. Please do more of these. Pilamaya kola. I’m working on getting more connected and being able to pray in my language makes me very happy. I will die with you, but better yet live with you. Pilamaya

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