Category Archives: Dakota Language

The Power of the Written Word

One of the highlights for me of the pre-release weekend for Northern Slave, Black Dakota, was sitting in Gideon and Agnes Pond’s living room talking shop with some of my favorite historians. You know that tip-of-the-tongue phenomena when you lose … Continue reading

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John P. Williamson on Writing the English-Dakota Dictionary

Once upon a time, Someone found a suitcase of old, old letters in an old, old house. They were charmed letters. We know because Someone did not throw the letters away. Instead, Someone took the suitcase to the Dakotah Prairie … Continue reading

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Honored Guests

John Peacock, Sandra Geshick, Michael Simon, Clifford Canku, Oak Grove Presbyterian Church, Bloomington, MN July 15, 2012 sharing Dakota history from a Dakota perspective: the Dakota Prisoner of War Letters and their own stories. If you weren’t able to join … Continue reading

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Honor Canku and Simon With Us!

I was thrilled to learn this morning that Dr. Clifford Canku and Rev. Michael Simon plan to join us tomorrow afternoon for John Peacock’s talk about the letters written in the Dakota language by Dakota men imprisoned in the wake … Continue reading

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The Dakota Prison Letters Project

Eight years ago, “the DPL” –the Dakota Prison Letters project was a rumor in the local research community: that Dakota people had identified and were in the process of translating a subset of Dakota language letters from the Riggs Papers … Continue reading

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