don’t exist as a contemporary culture, but only as a
“history book relic”, instead of being a vibrant
culture. The second is that all Native Americans
are the same, meaning they speak the same
language, share the same cultural beliefs, practices
and so forth.
Americans are portrayed in novels & entertainment,
i.e.,TV, movies, etc. what kinds of things would
lot of creative license and pull cultural aspects
from many different tribes (such as a dance from
one tribe, a song from another, etc.) thereby
losing the cultural integrity of the tribe being
portrayed and therefore the accuracy of the story.
In “Dances With Wolves” Kevin Costner speaks in
a “feminine” Lakota accent, which would not be
used in real life. In another movie, Apaches
speak in the Lakota language, to name a few
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as strong people who tenaciously hold fast to their
personal values/honor code/ beliefs to the point of
self-sacrifice to others. Some are burdened with
the baggage of past failures and others are in
desperate need of redemption-although they don't
deliberately attempt to claim it. Can you think of
any Native Americans past or present who fit these
those that don’t are the ones who have attempted
to assimilate with the white culture.
you hold fast to in your Lakota culture?
vision”. Pronounced “Hanblehcheya” in Lakota.
a community effort from set-up to take down.
The rules for it are not the same everywhere, but
they are typically more rigid within tribes.
happenings of a tribe, what have been the recent
changes in your tribe/community?
have not been fully utilized to improve the
community. Old mentalities continue to prevail so
that nothing ever really changes.
Sioux/ Rosebud reservation in their quest for
about the effort, learning the language of a culture
really helps you to learn about the culture itself.