October 22, 2015

‘Rising Voices’ looks at the Lakota language

A documentary film about the endangerment and revitalization of the Lakota language is set for screening next month.

“Rising Voices,” offers a snapshot into a day-to-day struggle of one of the largest Native American nations, and illuminates the problem of ancestral language loss to Native American people. The screening is at 6:30 p.m., Nov. 12, in Lawson Hall, Room 161.

The film tells the story of a passionate, dedicated and diverse group of people - members of the Lakota community and linguists from outside of the community who are working together to save the Lakota language and restore it to its rightful place in Lakota, and American, culture. A Q&A with linguistics faculty Jeff Punske and Vicki Carstens will follow the screening.

Additional information and the film trailer is here. "Rising Voices" is a production of Florentine Films/Hott Productions, in association with the Language Conservancy and in partnership with the National Endowment for the Humanities.