Learning to speak Lakota: useful phrases 05 Kiktá yo! Wake up!

Learning to speak Lakota: useful phrases 05 Kiktá yo! Wake up!

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Kiktá yo! Wake up! Get up! (male)

Kiktá ye! Wake up! Get up! (female)

Kiktá po! You all wake up! You all get up! (male)

Kiktá pe! You all wake up! You all get up! (female)

 

by Wakíƞyaƞ Waánataƞ (Matt Remle)

Matt Remle (Lakota) - far right- is an editor and writer for Last Real Indians and LRInspire. @wakiyan7

Matt Remle (Lakota) – far right- is an editor and writer for Last Real Indians and LRInspire. @wakiyan7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Female vocals by Audrey Remle

Audrey Remle (middle)

Audrey Remle (middle)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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4 thoughts on “Learning to speak Lakota: useful phrases 05 Kiktá yo! Wake up!

  1. Mahalo for the waking up. Very important. In the different versions, I thought at first that it was the gender of those being addressed which determined the final preposition (kiktá yo/ye) .. but when I heard all four of the different recordings I thought, well could it be that the suffix varies depending on whom is doing the speaking? Sorry for such a basic question :-/

    • Hello, Lakota utilizes gender endings, so yes it depends on whom is doing the speaking. In these examples male speakers would use “yo” when giving a command to a single person and “po” when giving a command to more than one person. Females would use “ye” when giving a command to a single person and “pe” when giving a command to more than one person. To learn all the gender endings you can use the search on this page for male and female gender endings in Lakota. Hope this helps.

  2. I returned from Standing Rock last Month. Every morning well before the sun came up, the
    Elder would shout over the air, ” Kiktá po!”, Kiktá po!”, calling us to morning prayers.. I would stagger out of my tent into the cold.

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