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Activity Starters: Native American Studies is an animated video series coming to SDPB.

Dakota Pathways: The People of the Bison

Dakota Pathways: The People of the Bison

The story of how the Dakota, Nakota, and Lakota followed the great bison herds.

Dakota Pathways: A Dark Day

Dakota Pathways: A Dark Day

Learn about the Massacre at Wounded Knee.

Lost Bird of Wounded Knee

Lost Bird of Wounded Knee

Based on the acclaimed book, Lost Bird of Wounded Knee: Spirit of the Lakota.

The WoLakota Project

The WoLakota Project

Lesson Plans Aligned to South Dakota Social Studies Standards

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Winter Count

Winter Count

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Oceti Sakowin

Oceti Sakowin

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Wojapi, frybread, and Timpsila Recipes

SAVOR DAKOTA: Herbs, Frybread & Timpsila Soup

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Savor Dakota explores wintertime cuisine in South Dakota.

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Savor Dakota: Winter Vegetable Soup with Timpsila Recipe

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Timpisila is a root plant that has wound itself through Lakota history, lore and family recipes. Chef MJ Adams creates a vegetable soup that showcases the breadroot.

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Savor Dakota: The Legend of Star Boy

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Everything is connected in Lakota lore. Timpsila is a prairie root that is revered by the culture and even plays a role in connecting this world with that of the stars. Jhon Goes in Center tells the Legend of Star Boy.

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Savor Dakota: Fry Bread Recipe

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Mavis Two Bulls makes fry bread to share with friends, family and to sell at a Spearfish Farmer's Market stand. Two Bulls graciously shares with us how she makes fry bread and shares a small recipe that a family might enjoy and a large recipe that might be made for a party.

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Savor Dakota: Wojapi Recipe

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Wojapi is a fruit pudding and a favored item to eat with fry bread. Mavis Two Bulls and her sister Rachel Nava share their family recipe.

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Videos, Interactives, Lesson Plans, and More

Traditional use of Tatanka (buffalo) (On PBS Learning Media) is a PowerPoint series developed by Badlands National Park and South Dakota Public Broadcasting. The PowerPoint series includes a brief history of buffalo in South Dakota. buffalo  Also, there are photos of buffalo parts, like a buffalo hide and tail. Your students are encouraged to guess the traditional use of the buffalo part and its location on the buffalo.  Related program - The Badlands: Nature's Time Capsule


PBS Learning Media (search) - Example resources below: 

Video Clip - Boarding Schools 
Video and Activities - Native Voices (Oral Tradition) 
Video - Native American Boomtown (oil)
Video - Kevin Locke
Video Interview - Indian Reorganization Act, Treaties, Etc. 

Bridging the Gap: Native American Education Due to cultural differences and socio-economic conditions, the challenges facing Native American students are many. This video/teaching tool offers insight into the problems and possible solutions for educators of Native American young people. (Facilitator's Guide/ View Online - View using Explorer Browser) 

Dakota Pathways: A History Explore South Dakota History in a whole new way! (Download Episodes - View using Explorer Browser)

Lakota Land (View using Explorer Browser) Stories of the Pine Ridge Reservation, Oglala Lakota College

Lost Bird of Wounded Knee Late in the 19th century, a Lakota child survived a massacre and was  lost bird of wounded knee adopted by a prominent white couple, only to endure racism, abuse and poverty. Her story is told in Lost Bird Of Wounded Knee based on the acclaimed book by Renee Sansom Flood. (Download Video - View using Explorer Browser)

The Lakota Berenstain Bears (View using Explorer Browser) Watch online, activities and more. 

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Oceti Sakowin: The People of the Seven Council Fires SDPB Television and Learning Services presents The People of the Seven Council Fires. Their story in their words. Plus a teaching tool  for Native American students. (Download Video - View using Explorer Browser)

Oceti Sakowin Essential Understandings and Standards on the DLL

The Spirit of the Dance: Wacipi (View using Explorer Browser) Native American culture, history and dance come alive in this original SDPB TV production.

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The Tribes of Dakota (Listen using Explorer Browser) This radio documentary examines subjects like treaty rights, cultural survival, poverty, respect for the elders, the role of women, urban life, casinos, and the future.

We Shall Remain on PBS LM (Interview - Anne J. Whipple from the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe)

Winter Count  A winter count is a pictographic record of historical/memorable events for a tiospaye (community). The winter count, used by many Plains Indians, was a method of preserving history. Important events were recorded for future generations.

wintercountCircle of Stories Independent Lens: Circle of Stories uses documentary film, photography, artwork and music to honor and explore Native American storytelling. (Click "Launch Stories" to view interactive) Teachers Guide

Where Words Touch the Earth Students from American Indian Tribal Colleges interview Elders, other students, and community members to provide a Native American perspective on climate change and its effects on their communities.



For more information about SDPB's educational resources
and services contact Steven Rokusek at EdServices@sdpb.org
or at (800) 456-0766 (E&O Staff)

Welcome to SDPB’s Native American Studies section. Both SDPB and PBS are committed to fostering lifelong learning by providing on-air educational programs and educational resources. We provide a rich array of educational content from Oceti Sakowin: The People of the Seven Council Fires to documentaries like Lost Bird of Wounded Knee. On this site you will find engaging educational resources. Thank you for visiting SDPB and have a great day!


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Dakota Life (Website)
Archive Stories:

Dakota Life: Black Elk Speaks
Dakota Life: Lakota Horse Song 
Dakota Life: Teaching Lakota Culture
Dakota Life: Our SD, Wounded Knee Ghost Shirt    
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Archive Radio Programs:

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