Monday, October 17, 2011

Lakota Berenstain Bears Visit the Dentist

I found this article about the book the Bernstein Bears.. it appears they have adapted it to using the Lakota language.. To watch the video go to

Lakota Berenstain Bears Visit the Dentist
By ICTMN Staff October 14, 2011 RSS
Read More: Berenstain Bears Lakota Language Consortium Language Revitalization Native Languages
Every week ICTMN is posting a different episode of the Lakota language version of Berenstain Bears, or Matȟó Waúŋšila Thiwáhe—The Compassionate Bear Family. While it is a children’s cartoon, the goal of recreating this well-known show in Lakota is to help revitalize the language, so adults can brush up on their Lakota, or learn the language with their children.

In this episode, when Sister gets her first loose tooth, Brother teases her that the dentist will have to yank it out. But after she watches Brother get a cavity filled, she sees the dentist is gentle and he assures her that her loose tooth is a baby tooth, and those fall out on their own.


JFaith said...

Howka, tribal member here, what events are coming up for November? Wanting to get more involved...

Diana Dickert said...

Oh yes! I remember these bears. They're from children's book a series about a family of bears. Haha! Those books are both fun and educational. These books can teach children a lot of things, such as oral hygiene. I wasn't able to watch this episode though.

Diana Dickert