Have You Seen the Lakota Bears?

Posted By Toyacoyah Brown May 19th, 2014 Last Updated on: May 19th, 2014

Back in 2011, 20 episodes of The Berenstain Bears series were dubbed with the Lakota language and began airing on public television in North and South Dakota under the title Matȟó Waúŋšila Thiwáhe (“The Compassionate Bear Family”). The Lakota Berenstain Bears Project is a joint venture of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and the Lakota Language Consortium, with the goal of bringing the Lakota language to television sets across Indian Country.

My little guy watched a whole episode, not even caring that it was a language he didn't understand. Too bad they don't have a Comanche version! What other languages would you like to see the series dubbed with?

The first episode is “Trouble At School: Owáyawa-ta Wóiyotiyekiye” Watch the full episode below:

You can watch all 20 episodes on the Lakota Bears website.

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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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Yaqui and apache! So my son can learn both for mine and his fathers side 🙂


I would like to see a Lenape language series done. My brother is currently learning our family language, and something like that would be very helpful.

Monique Horstman

I love the episodes of the Compassionate Bear family, so I can learn more of the Lakota language. Have one question,is there a word for “are you” in the Lakota language? Love to hear from you and thanks again for this wonderfull serie.

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