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FILM PRESENTATIONS OF THE DAKOTA LANGUAGE IMMERSION SUMMER PROGRAM, 2009 AND 2010, HOSTED BY THE NATIVE AMERICAN WOMEN’S HEALTH EDUCATION RESOURCE CENTER IN LAKE ANDES, SD

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Maranda Herner

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The Native American Women’s Health Education Resource Center, a nonprofit organization on the Yankton Sioux Reservation in South Dakota led by Charon Asetoyer, orchestrates a summer program for the Dakota youth to learn traditional Dakota culture and language. I spent two summers assisting the teachers of the Dakota Language Immersion Program (DLIP) and learning the language along with the students. While introducing Dakota vocabularies and encouraging cultural exploration, this program sparks enthusiasm among the students for their heritage. The students spend six weeks each summer practicing Dakota, engaging in traditional crafts and rituals, and cultivating gardens and Native identities. Also, the students travel on weekly fieldtrips to culturally relevant locations in the area. Under the direction of Charon Asetoyer, I produced two films that show highlights of the DLIP lessons, activities, and fieldtrips. At this conference, I will present the DLIP videos and discuss how various aspects of the program influence the students and community.

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FILM PRESENTATIONS OF THE DAKOTA LANGUAGE IMMERSION SUMMER PROGRAM, 2009 AND 2010, HOSTED BY THE NATIVE AMERICAN WOMEN’S HEALTH EDUCATION RESOURCE CENTER IN LAKE ANDES, SD

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The Native American Women’s Health Education Resource Center, a nonprofit organization on the Yankton Sioux Reservation in South Dakota led by Charon Asetoyer, orchestrates a summer program for the Dakota youth to learn traditional Dakota culture and language. I spent two summers assisting the teachers of the Dakota Language Immersion Program (DLIP) and learning the language along with the students. While introducing Dakota vocabularies and encouraging cultural exploration, this program sparks enthusiasm among the students for their heritage. The students spend six weeks each summer practicing Dakota, engaging in traditional crafts and rituals, and cultivating gardens and Native identities. Also, the students travel on weekly fieldtrips to culturally relevant locations in the area. Under the direction of Charon Asetoyer, I produced two films that show highlights of the DLIP lessons, activities, and fieldtrips. At this conference, I will present the DLIP videos and discuss how various aspects of the program influence the students and community.