Dakota / Lakota History and Culture Resources

Dakota/ Lakota History and Culture Videos

Afterlife – The Dakota believed in an afterlife. What do you think there view was of what life after death?

Counting Coup – What does it mean to count coup? What’s a coup stick? Why was counting coup considered an act of bravery?

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Becoming a Buffalo Hunter How did you learn to hunt buffalo? How old did you have to be? Video with photos and paintings from the Library of Congress.

Deer and Buffalo Hunting Season? Did the Dakota have hunting seasons? Do you think they hunted the same animals all year round?

Becoming a Buffalo Hunter in Native American Culture How did you learn to hunt buffalo? How old did you have to be? This is the same audio as the one above but with animation. These two videos together are great resources for a lesson on the value of primary sources.

Buffalo Pony – A buffalo pony, sometimes called a war pony, was the most prized possession among the Teton Sioux. Learn what made these horses special.

Dakota Tracking Ability – You may think of the Dakota as living in tribes, but individual tribal members or families often went hunting or to visit relatives. So, how did they track down their tribe again?

Education of Dakota Boys – Boys were expected to learn to hunt, to protect the buffalo herd and the tribe.

Eagle Pits – Dead animals were used as bait for eagle traps. Sometimes, though, the hunter caught more than he expected.

Earning an Eagle Feather – Eagle feathers were earned through acts of bravery or generosity. If you ever wondered why Native Americans might be offended by seeing someone wearing a bonnet of eagle feathers on Halloween, watch this video.

Importance of Tobacco to Native American Tribes – Many Native American tribes consider tobacco to be sacred and burn tobacco when they pray.

Story of the Lost Wife – An old legend of a woman who left her abusive husband for a wolf. How do you think that worked out?

Winter Time – How did the Dakota keep warm in the winter? What did they do all winter?