In the Lakota, there is no expression to say “good bye.” Instead, Lakota speakers express “farewells” in a variety of ways, must common being Tókša akhé (later, again).
Here are some of the ways to express farewells in Lakota.
Aƞpétu kiƞ lé taƞyáƞ máni yó/ye. (Walk well today. male/female)
Aƞpétu kiƞ lé taƞyáƞ úƞ wo/we. (Be well today. male/female)
Tókša akhé waƞčhíyaƞkiƞ kte. (I will see you again.)
Tókša akhé. (Later, again.)
Taƞyáƞ máni yo/ye! (Farewell. Walk well. male/female)
Taƞyáƞ yá yo/ye! (Farewell. Go well. male/female)
Vocals by Wakíƞyaƞ Waánataƞ (Matt Remle)
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