On Monday, December 2 Dakota Wicohan will co-host a screening of “We Cherish the Dakota Language” alongside partner’s Clean Up the River Environment (CURE), Granite Area Arts Council (GAAC) and Yellow Medicine East at 5:00 p.m. at the Granite Falls Lutheran Church.
Afterwards, a short discussion on the project will be hosted and the audience will be invited share thoughts and ask questions. The event is free and open to the general public. A light meal will be served.
To preserve the words and wisdom of Dakota community elders, Dakota Wicohan began recording oral histories in 2008. Elders shared life experiences, Dakota language, and community traditions in these video recordings.
In June 2012, Dakota Wicohan began distilling the oral histories into an educational documentary video on the Dakota language. Community members and staff provided feedback to shape the documentary. After receiving the blessings of elders in March 2013, Dakota Wicohan is now ready to share the documentary with the larger community.
The screening would not be possible without support from our funders: The W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the Minnesota Indian Affairs Council and the Minnesota Historical Society. Or our local co-sponsors: Clean Up the River Environment (CURE), Granite Area Arts Council (GAAC), Granite Falls Lutheran Church, andYellow Medicine East.
Due to catering needs we kindly request an RSVP, please contact CURE toll free at 1.877.269.2873 or firstname.lastname@example.org by December 2 at noon.