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Red Cloud Indian School Set to Perform Iktómi Wichítegelga Sinté Wán Un!
by Waniya Locke - Lakota Voice

PINE RIDGE, S.D. — On Wednesday, April 13, Red Cloud Indian School's 3rd and 4th graders put on a play, with all speaking parts in Lakota. The play is titled Iktómi Wichítegelga Sinté Wán Un!.

The writers and creators of the Lakota play consisted of fluent speakers from all over Lakota Country, including Rosebud, Eagle Butte and McLaughlin, South Dakota. They envisioned that it would soon make its way into the school system.

Red Cloud Elementary volunteered to take on the task of putting on this play for the community. Red Cloud students first had to learn how to read in Lakota, then they had to learn how to know the social cues of the language, such as being surprised. “Ma le ma!”

My name is Waniya Lock and I teach the Lakota language to students in grades Kindergarten through 4th grade. For this upcoming play, our students made their own costumes, back drops and props for the play. They put their time and energy into preparing, and when making their costumes they utilized our traditional design elements that they were able to view at the Heritage Center.

The students are really thankful to the fluent speakers that took the time, energy and vision to write Iktómi Wichítegelga Sinté Wán Un! They are excited to present next Wednesday!

Lakota Language is the foundation of everything for our people. It is our songs, stories history, conduct and etiquette. Red Cloud Students are very proud to use their language in a positive way and to share this story with the community!

The original writers and cast from 2012, pictured above.

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