Translated Cartoon Series Marks Comeback of Lakota Language
North Dakota: The Lakota language is already taught in many tribal schools, but getting it back into popular, everyday use is a challenge. The Berenstain Bears may help this happen. They are now speaking the ancient language of the Lakota people.
A Lakota-language series called Mat?ó Waú?šila Thiwáhe (“The Compassionate Bear Family”) premiered last month on South Dakota Public Broadcasting and Prairie Public Television. The 20-episode series runs through November.
The Mat?ó Waú?šila Thiwáhe translation project is co-produced by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and the Lakota Language Consortium, a group of tribal members working to preserve and revitalize the Lakota language.
The Berenstain Bears were selected for translation because their gentle values fit traditional Lakota family values.
characters treat each other with
respect and kindness, which are
traditional Lakota values, and to
have them speaking Lakota to each
other at home sets a good example,”
said Charles W. Murphy,
Standing Rock Tribal Chairman
live costumed characters were
honored as “dignitaries” in the
Powwow’s Grand Entry;
Both SDPB and Prairie Public will
direct their online communities to
On the Berenstain Bears’ own
Facebook page, creator Mike
Berenstain says, “We are delighted
to be part of this wonderful
project, which the Lakota has
undertaken to preserve their native
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