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September 8, 2011

The Berenstein Bears Speak Lakota

Filed under: Children, Native American — Mary Poggione @ 12:17 pm

This Sunday, the first of 20 Lakota Berenstein Bears episodes will air in North and South Dakota. Episodes are also available at the website for the project which was sponsored by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and the Lakota Language Consortium.

“Voices of the characters are all from the Lakota-speaking Standing Rock, Cheyenne River, Pine Ridge, and Rosebud communities of North and South Dakota, and reflect all local dialects of the language.

           “Equally as important, the original Berenstain Bears series lines up very well to Lakota values, which was very important in the making of this series. Lakota values such as bravery, respect, generosity, and fortitude all play significant roles throughout the 20-episode series. Lots of different family interactions reflecting day-to-day life, as well as many idiomatic expressions help keep the langauge use real and relevant in every episode.”

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