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The WoLakota Learning Model reminds us:

  1. Being is placed ahead of all perceived Doings
  2. Listen deeply to a Being to come to know that Being by his or her own definitions
  3. Doings (the naming, the stories, the values, accomplishments, etc. of others) are heard and appreciated as the wisdom of fellow Beings
  4. Sharing deeply the truth of my own Doings (names, stories, values, accomplishments, etc.) comes in response to deep listening and with the goal of mutual understanding


"Seek first to understand, then to be understood." — Stephen R. Covey

"Opening yourself to another worldview will assist you in understanding what occurs both in and outside of native communities." --Lakota Elder Dottie LeBeau

Song for OSEU 3 by Elder Earl Bullhead

Wakatakiya Ahhintuwan Olowan
(Encouragement Song)

Wakatakiyia ahhintunwan na blehic iya po heyeye
(Upward) (Look towards) (And) (Humble yourselves)
Oyate ki tehic iya unpo otehikelo heyeyeye
(The people) (Cherish) (Exist) (It’s hard to come by)
Mitakuyekinhan tanyan iyukcanpo unlakotapelo heyeye
(All my relatives) (Good way) (Think) (We are friends)
Waunsilapo lakotaki otehikelo heyeyeyo
(Help each other) (The allies) (Hard to come by)

Free Translation: Take a look upward and humble yourself, my people live a life of sharing with each other, it’s difficult, yet a beautiful way to live. (E. Bullhead 2012)


OSEU 3 Elder Audio Interviews


OSEU 3 Elder Video Interviews & Learning Questions
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OSEU Three: Stephanie Charging Eagle pt 1 Kinship Terms



Learn ABOUT
(deep listening, information)
Learn FROM
(deep sharing, transformation)
  1. What is the importance of carrying out relationships in any setting?
  2. What is a takosa?
  3. What is an unci?
  4. What does it mean for a relationship to be sacred?
  5. What does it mean for a relationship to be spiritual?
  6. What are different relationships that need to be carried forward?
  1. Who are my relatives?
  2. How do I relate to my relatives? For example, how is my relationship with a grandparent different from an aunt or mother?
  3. Do I have special names my relatives call me? If so what are they and how do those special names impact my relationship with them?
  4. What are examples of sacred relationships in my life? What makes them sacred?
  5. In what ways do my relationships change depending on the setting I am in?
  6. How do I care for my relationships?
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OSEU Three: Stephanie Charging Eagle pt 2 Economics



Learn ABOUT
(deep listening, information)
Learn FROM
(deep sharing, transformation)
  1. What does it mean to be Lakota?
  2. How are the tipis and buffalo of the past related to today?
  3. What are the economics of the Native people today?
  4. What does it mean to be self-sufficient?
  5. How do Native people help one another through self-sufficiency?
  6. How are Native societies ever-changing and dynamic?
  1. What are examples of the economics of my family? For example, how has my family provided for itself over the years?
  2. How is my family self-sufficient?
  3. In what ways do I or my family rely on others?
  4. How has the society I live in changed over the years? What helps it to be dynamic?
  5. In what ways would life change if we no longer worked toward self-sufficiency?
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OSEU Three: Faith Spotted Eagle



Learn ABOUT
(deep listening, information)
Learn FROM
(deep sharing, transformation)
  1. Who is Chief Oliver Red Cloud?
  2. What is a buffalo robe?
  3. Why do families gather around the buffalo robe?
  4. What is a woncuse?
  5. How do woncuse help to keep language alive?
  6. What is a language nest?
  7. How does knowing more than one language expand the view of the world?
  8. In what ways is language tied to natural law?
  1. How does my family gather together?
  2. What does it look like, what happens when my family gathers?
  3. Have I made a woncuse to my family? If so, what kind of commitment have I made?
  4. What are my thoughts and feelings about knowing more than one language?
  5. How does being bi- or multi-lingual help my view of the world to change?
  6. In what ways does nature guide me in my relationships and the way I speak with my family?
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OSEU Three: Gladys Hawk



Learn ABOUT
(deep listening, information)
Learn FROM
(deep sharing, transformation)
  1. Why was language taken away in the 1800’s?
  2. How was the language taken away?
  3. What does it mean to become assimilated?
  4. What act of Congress brought back the language in 1995?
  5. What happened in the two generations between the late 1800’s and late 1900’s that caused the loss of the Native cultural ways?
  6. How would it help to have the culture and language brought back?
  1. What is an example of something very personal that has been taken away from me? What happened as a result of losing it?
  2. What are ways that I have had to assimilate in my life in order to survive?
  3. How has assimilation changed me as a person?
  4. What are examples in my own family of hardships we have endured? (For example, surviving the Great Depression)
  5. What are some special traditions or activities that I want to make sure I pass on to my own children?
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OSEU Three: Jace DeCory pt 1 Language and Identity



Learn ABOUT
(deep listening, information)
Learn FROM
(deep sharing, transformation)
  1. What is the Lakota language? How is it different from Dakota or Nakota?
  2. How does knowing the language help Lakota people with their identity?
  3. How does knowing another language change the way people see the world?
  4. How does the family help the language to stay alive?
  5. In what ways does music help language acquisition and understanding?
  6. How are culture, identity and language related?
  1. What are my experiences with learning other languages?
  2. In what ways does knowing even individual words in another language help me?
  3. How might I engage differently in the world by knowing more than one language?
  4. In what ways do I engage with music?
  5. What does music mean to me? How does it help me?
  6. In what ways do I develop my identity through language and music?
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OSEU Three: Jace DeCory pt 2 Relatives Teaching



Learn ABOUT
(deep listening, information)
Learn FROM
(deep sharing, transformation)
  1. How are relatives teachers too?
  2. What is “behavior modification”?
  3. How do relatives help with behavior modification?
  4. Who are examples of key relatives?
  1. Who are relatives in my life that have been strong teachers for me?
  2. In what ways have relatives helped to guide my behavior and change it for the better?
  3. What are important lessons I have learned from relatives in my life?
  4. In what ways do I strive to learn more?
  5. What causes me to feel like giving up at times? Can relatives help me to continue to strive to know more?