Language of the Lakota -- A Rich and Endangered History

Uncategorized Jan 18, 2018

Language is not something we often give much thought to, but when we think about the critical role it plays in our lives, this is a bit surprising. Every interaction we have with one another relies on some form of communication or another, and often this communication takes the form of language. If you’ve ever attended one of our courses, you’ve probably been introduced to some of our reference material which is in the Lakota Sioux language.  It isn’t often we are introduced to new languages, so when we host events and courses one of the most common questions I am asked is about the native tongue for so many of the teachings we draw from. It certainly is a fascinating topic, though it’s struggling to endure into modern times and thus I thought it’d be good to spur on any interest in it that I can.

The Lakota language which I was taught in is actually one of three dialects of the Sioux language, along with the Nakota and the Dakota. Today, the...

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Finding Hope and Purpose in the New Year - The Helper's Journey

Uncategorized Jan 08, 2018

 

Happy New Year brothers and sisters!

    Helpers Mentoring Society is very happy to begin another year with you all, although we find that the past year has left us in particular need for spiritual healing and growth. However, this is not cause for despair! On the contrary I believe sometimes it’s the most difficult experiences that have the most potential to temper the strongest growth.

    2017 was not, by many standards, a calm and easygoing year. International tensions are flaring left and right. Many of you might see the same negative energy pervading your country, regions, communities, or even homes. It seems in so much turmoil, many people have lost sight of the true interconnectedness of this world – both the physical and the spiritual. So many of the changes going on around us quite literally result in life or death. The divide between love and interconnectivity or solitude and despair is becoming a further blurred and ever contested...

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