Thursday, September 16, 2010

SUKA WAKIYA HOTOPI!

Well, it has been a very long time since we have posted an entry in our blog, so it is about time.

We were looking at our friend, @BearBearD's blog http://lovealwaysbear.blogspot.com/ where he was wearing a beautiful Indian headdress, and it got us thinking, "What would my name DogThunder be in Cherokee, or Lakota, or Chippewa?" Well, mom has a friend at work, (Dr. Fred Ness) who speaks Lakota, so she asked him! Dr. Ness said that many Native Americans have names with 'dog' in it, like 'Red Dog'.

As a people, the Lakota prefer the term, "Lakota Natives."
Lakota is a dialect of the Siouan Languages. "Lakota" means "Alliance of friends." We found a really terrific website as a reference, http://language.nativeweb.org/ and we downloaded the dictionary.

Dog / SUKA/ shue - kah

Thunder(clap)/WAKIYA HOTOPI/wah-kee-yahn hoh-dohn-pee

So, DogThunder would be SUKA WAKIYA HOTOPI!

We also found brudder's name, Lightning!

Thunder(lightning)/WAKIYA TUWAPI/wah-kee-yahn duen-wahn-pee

Wow, that is so cool!

Thank you to http://thegreasygrass.com/ for the beautiful graphic!