Music and Football Make Learning Dakota Fun!

Posted By Toyacoyah Brown June 22nd, 2015 Last Updated on: June 22nd, 2015


South Dakota Public Broadcasting recently interviewed Mikey Peters who is the Director of Dakota Studies at Tiospa Zina Tribal School. He learned his native language from family and other elders in the community, and he is happy to be able to pass on this knowledge to the local youth.

In addition to developing curriculum to teach students Dakota language, he coaches varsity football. He also practices the art of traditional Dakota song, is a grass dancer, and makes drums from wood and animal hide.DakotaFootball

Peters is obviously a man of many talents and has a lot to teach the kids at the school. I know learning a language can be hard, but if teacher can make the curriculum fun and interesting the kids will listen. Especially if you hone in on their interests. Watch as Peters talks about how the varsity football team calls out football plays in the Dakota language.

I love this quote from the interview: “Before the season starts I’ll tell them the story of the code talkers. That sticks in their minds cause I’ll tell them, how are these other teams going to catch you in four quarters when these other countries couldn’t catch it in ten years?”

So true!

Click here to read the rest of the story on SDPB.org.

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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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