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"Everything in Lakȟóta Spirituality is based in reality."

-Albert White Hat Sr.

Lakota Terms and Definitions

heyókȟa n. [hɛ-ˈjo-kɑ] (i.e. “backwards clown”) society of contrary, or backwards acting, individuals who also engaged in humor. gay men and gay women are a part of this spiritual society within the Sundance ceremony and cultural family.

kȟoškákte n. [kʁʰo-ˈʃkɑ-kte] trans-men. spiritual society of the Sundance ceremony and cultural family.

nuphíŋni n-pron. [nu-ˈpʰĩ-ni] nonbinary people

oéčhuŋ n. [o-ˈe-ʧʰũ] collectively known as The Arts (Oéčhuŋ Kiŋ), manner of doing

waŋblíyukčaŋ n. [wɑ̃-ˈbli-juk-ʧɑ̃] (i.e. “ivory tower”) golden eagle society of intellectuals. spiritual society within the Sundance ceremony and cultural family.

wíŋkte n. [ˈwĩ-kte] trans-women. spiritual society of the Sundance ceremony and cultural family.

wičákte n-pron. [wi-ˈʧɑ-kte] two-spirit people, they/them

wiwáŋyaŋg wačhípi n. [wi-ˈwɑ̃-jɑ̃ŋ wɑ-ˈʧi-pi] “looking into the Sun” dance (i.e Sundance) ceremony.

wíyukčaŋtȟáŋka (watȟáŋka: “Dr.” or “professor”) n. [wi-ˈjuk-ʧɑ̃-ˌtʁʰɑ̃-kɑ] an expert/intellectual with an accredited doctorate degree in any professional field or industry. see: wówapi othéȟika: n. Ph.D, DMA, or equivelant degree at the highest level of global education. see: waúŋspekhiye: n. academic instructor or teacher. see: waákisniya: n. medical doctor

wóolowaŋkáǧa n. [ˈwo-o-lo-wɑ̃-ˌkɑ-ʁɑ] music composer/songwriter