South Dakota's Culture:

  • A diverse landscape decorates South Dakota because of rolling plains to majestic mountains.
  • Holding a diverse population are these magical lands.
  • Living in South Dakota are 62,000 Native Americans.
  • Known collectively as Sioux, most of them are Dakota, Lakota, or Nakota people.
  • This nation traces its roots to hte "Oceti Sakowin" or "Seven Council Fires".
  • Within this nation, each of the allied bands spoke on of three different dialects.
  • The Teton spoke Lakota, The Santee spoke Dakota, and the Yankton spoke Nakota.
  • The Nation's birth in the Black Hills of South Dakota is placed from traditional creation stories.
  • Others say that they area from the woodlands of Minnesota are where the people of the Seven Counsil Fires migrated.
  • Holding the forces of nature as holy and emphasize the imporance of balance among all things in the universe are the Dakota, Lakota, and Nakota customes.
  • Remaining an instrumental piece of life is this balance.
  • As to the cardinal virtues of "woksape, woohitika, wowacintanka, and wacantognaka."
  • Woksape means wisdom and woohitika means bravery.
  • Wowacintanka means fortitude and wacantognaka mean generosity.
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