Dakota Wicohan

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$52,469
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Status
Completed
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$52,469
Other Funds Leveraged
$162,615
Number of full time equivalents funded
1.2
Project Overview

Grant Activities: Dakota Wicohan is a regional non-profit language support organization that seeks to revitalize the Dakota language in Minnesota to a living language. In this grant, they will create a Dakota Public Awareness Project to promote awareness and knowledge of the Dakota language and its history to Minnesotans in 2013. Dakota Wicohan created a Dakota language documentary film which will be shown in ten communities, along with an educational booklet.

About the Issue

Minnesota’s most enduring languages are in danger of disappearing. Without timely intervention, the use of Dakota and Ojibwe languages – like indigenous languages throughout the globe -- will decline to a point beyond recovery.

These languages embody irreplaceable worldviews. They express, reflect, and maintain communal connections and ways of understanding the world. Deeper than the disuse of vocabulary or grammar, the loss of an indigenous language is destruction of a complex system for ordering the relationships among people and the natural world, for solving social problems, and connecting people to something beyond themselves.

Project Manager
First Name
Sharon
Last Name
Pazi
Organization Name
Dakota Wicohan
Street Address
PO Box 2
City
Morton
State
MN
Zip Code
56270
Phone
507 697 6272
Email
dakotawicohan@gmail.com