Succeeding in Both Worlds with Jesse Taken Alive

“Learn About” Questions 1. How important are sports to the Lakota people? 2. What are the traditional activities or values that support participation in sports among the people of the Oceti Sakowin? 3. How difficult is it to live both as a traditional Lakota person and as a member of contemporary American society? What are…

Humility with Jesse Taken Alive

“Learn About” Questions 1. What does it mean to acknowledge that Tunkasila is a part of what you are doing? 2. Why is it important to know that we are all the same? “Learn From” Questions 1. What is something “greater than you” that you acknowledge in your life? 2. How does it change the…

“Wolakota” with Jesse Taken Alive

“Learn About” Questions 1. What are the various creation or origin stories of the people of the Oceti Sakowin? How are they similar or different from other creation or origin stories? 2. What is “capitalism” and how might it cause misunderstandings of the idea of “wolakota” or peace? 3. Mr. Taken Alive said, “What we…

The Story of Tobacco with Jesse Taken Alive

“Learn About” Questions 1. What is the Hanbleceya Ceremony? 2. What does Takoja mean? 3. Why do the Lakota people use cansasa in traditional ceremony rather than the leaf tobacco used in most cigarettes and cigars? 4. What is Canunpa? How did the use of this begin with the Lakota people? 5. What is the…

Making New Lakota Words with Jesse Taken Alive

“Learn About” Questions 1. How does the making of new Lakota words take place? Are “official” decisions made or does it just develop naturally in the language usage of the people? 2. How does the Lakota way of thinking impact the process for coming to understand a new concept or tool and coming up with…

The Solutions are at Home with Jesse Taken Alive

“Learn About” Questions 1. What data is there concerning the various resources available to the various tribes of the Oceti Sakowin? 2. What are the reasons those with the “know-how” can’t connect with the needed resources? 3. What kinds of “assessments” or “studies” have been done by the US government in the areas of education,…

Lakota Sense of Humor & Freedom with Jesse Taken Alive

“Learn About” Questions 1. Are there any well-known Lakota comedians? 2. Are there any well-known Native American comedians? 3. What are the details within the Lakota language that allow for this sense of humor that are lost in translation? 4. In what ways do the various Tiospaye work together despite differences? 5. How many differing…

Being Thankful for Elders with Jesse Taken Alive

“Learn About” Questions 1. What sorts of sacrifices have Lakota Elders made to preserve language, culture, knowledge and truth? 2. How important is it in Lakota culture for Grandparents to pass on knowledge from generation to generation? Is this still strong, or is it weakening? 3. How does the fact that grandfathers (Lala) are called…