Join us in the Steele Auditorium for a select screening of films featuring many Native languages, from fun documentaries to thoughtful short films. You will be sure to enjoy this program focused on diverse languages. Included with museum admission.
Here’s the schedule of the afternoon’s film showings and a panel discussion:
The Lakota Berenstain Bears Project is a joint venture of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and the Lakota Language Consortium, with the goal of bringing the Lakota language to family television sets across all Lakota-speaking communities in North Dakota and South Dakota, and well beyond. This 20-episode Lakota language edition of the Berenstain Bears is the first of its kind–the first Native American language cartoon series EVER.
Voices of the characters are all from the Lakota-speaking Standing Rock, Cheyenne River, Pine Ridge, and Rosebud communities of North Dakota and South Dakota, and reflect all local dialects of the language.
This film is a multi-platform documentary project that portrays the growing movement among tribes all over the country to revitalize their languages–a movement for creative transformation by communities and individuals, which challenges the expectations put on them by outsiders and those put on young generations by the old.
The Language Conservancy (TLC) is a nonprofit organization leading the revitalization of endangered Native American languages across the U.S. by providing critical support to tribal education departments, schools, and by increasing public awareness on the crisis of disappearing languages.