Verbs in Lakota by Alayna Eagle Shield

Learn to speak verbs and a children’s song in Lakota!

Íŋyaŋka pe/po. Run! (to more than one person)
Uŋk’íŋyaŋkapi. We ran/we’re running.

Kačháŋgle iyéič’iya ye/yo. Do a cartwheel! (To one person)
Kačháŋgle iyémič’iye. I did/doing a cartwheel.

Nuwáŋ ye/yo. Swim! (To one person)
Wanúŋwe. I swam/I’m swimming.

Asílpsil íŋyaŋka ye/yo. Skip! (To one person)
Asílpsil waíŋmnaŋke. I skipped/I’m skipping.

Iglúhomni nážiŋ ye/yo. Turn around, standing. (To one person)
Omákhiyaka ye/yo. Tell it to me. (To one person)
Iglúhomni nawážiŋ. I turned around standing/in turning around standing.

Wačhí ye/yo. Dance! (To one person)
Wawáčhi. I danced/ in dancing.

Máni ye/yo. Walk! (To one person)
Mawáni. I walked/I’m walking.

Psíča ye/yo. Jump! (To one person)
Wapsíče. I jumped/ in jumping.

Lowáŋ ye/yo. Sing! (To one person)

Song: “Napé kpázo wo. Napé ikíkču wo. Napé kpázo wo. Napé glučháŋčhaŋ yo. *Čha ígluptaŋptaŋ* wačhí na hé glahómnimni yo. Uŋkígluštaŋpe lo.”

Walówaŋ. I sang/ in singing.

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Alayna Eagle Shield is from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe (SRST). Alayna is currently a Native American Community Academy (NACA) Inspired Schools Network Fellow and consultant. Her previous professional work includes the SRST Health Education Director, a Lakota Language instructor at the Lakota Language Immersion Nest and as the Language Specialist for the Language & Culture Institute. Alayna serves on multiple boards and committees and is currently the Native American Development Center Board Chair Person. She is also currently a Native American Community Academy (NACA) Fellow. Alayna earned her B.S. from the University of Mary (2014), Eminent Scholar from Sitting Bull College (2013), and Master of Public Health from NDSU (2017). Alayna offers multiple types of workshops including: Self Healing, Life Coaching, Powwow Dancing and Culture Sharing, Language learning and best practices, Comedy Performance, and Cultural Sensitivity.

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