Language Changes In American Indian Culture

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For more than a century American Indians have had to undergo several instances of culture change. In the 1800’s when colonization consistently terrorized American Indians, this was the beginning of loss greater than one can imagine. Us history is able to be told today because it is founded and supported by a language continuum. Language can be a barrier but it can also have the power to tell time and reconnect us to our ancestral beings. Currently, there are American Indian tribes that have ultimately loss that connection. Many are unaware that languages can go extinct, and are everyday. Due to many years of fighting and revitalizing lost culture and history, the Lakȟóta language is no longer on the verge of extinction. Lakȟóta people have …show more content…
This is currently, a topic of controversy considering missionaries were trying to rid Indians if their language and culture. We have to then beg the question, how honest were their translations? Furthermore, if missionaries and the Us government forced western views, beliefs, and virtues on Indians already, then how much of their culture was really transcribed in their altered language? The Lakȟóta tribe is known to be very outspoken because they are fighters. Lakȟóta’s were one of the very few tribes whose language survived throughout the colonization periods. Though their language survived it was incorrectly translated and altered in some way or another. Nonetheless, the major affects boarding schools were significant alterations of the Lakȟóta language, ties were severed to their culture, core identities were wiped from history, and because language was affected Lakȟóta religion and philosophy left children …show more content…
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