Rising Voices

Lawrence Hott, director of “Rising Voices,” joins Dakota Midday to discuss the film.  SDPB-TV airs “Rising Voices” Monday, November 16 at 9:00 p.m. Central, with a repeat on Sunday, November 22 at 2:00 p.m. Central. "Rising Voices" looks at how Native Americans may be facing a permanent silence — the extinction of their languages.  But the Lakota “Sioux” of the Great Plains have chosen a different path: teach the language, bring the words forward, out of the silence of cultural assimilation.

Photo by Victoria Wicks

The documentary Rising Voices features workers and volunteers with the Lakota Language Consortium. One of them is Albino "Junior" Garcia, who lives at Rockyford, on the Pine Ridge Reservation. Garcia travels to schools where Lakota is taught and lends his support and energy to the effort. On Sunday, Nov. 14, before the documentary was screened at the Journey Museum in Rapid City, SDPB's Victoria Wicks sat in on Garcia's language class, when he gave a Black Hills group a taste of his teaching skills.