Rising Voices/Hótȟaŋiŋpi – Lakota Language Documentary on PBS


Posted By Toyacoyah Brown November 18th, 2015 Blog


A great documentary is airing this month from Florentine Films/Hott Productions, in association with The Language Conservancy and in partnership with the National Endowment for the Humanities, on PBS stations across Indian Country.

Rising Voices tells the story of a passionate, dedicated and diverse group of people, including members of the Lakota community and Linguists from outside of the community who are working together to save the language and restore it to its rightful place in Lakota — and American — culture. Told through the voices of a wide range of Lakota people who share their feelings about their language and the myriad challenges facing their community, the film also incorporates four short films created for Rising Voices by Lakota filmmakers and artists, each one giving a perspective on how finding one’s authentic language connects a person to a deeper sense of culture.



I was fortunate to catch an airing of the documentary this weekend on my local PBS station and was very moved by it. I think you will be too!

Check your local listings for air times and dates. The Rising Voices website has a convenient Broadcast Screening link for you to check! http://risingvoicesfilm.com/broadcast-dates/



About Toyacoyah Brown

Toyacoyah Brown is an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation, currently living in Chicago. She received her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and an M.A. in Media Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. When she's not scouring the Internet for fun things to share with PowWows.com readers you can find her digging for vinyl in her local record store or curling up with a good book.

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