Lakota Stories Collected by Ella Deloria

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Product Overview

Lakota Stories is the first in a series of Lakota Language Reader projects that the Lakota team has undertaken. This first of its kind comprehensive reader and corresponding guide seeks to encourage and inspire the next generation of Lakota readers and storytellers.

This book contains:


  • the stories collected by Ella Deloria in the late 1920’s adapted to contemporary language
  • over 30 pages of detailed instructions on how to navigate and engage with this monolingual text
  • over 170 pages of rich Lakota stories translated into a consistent phonemic orthography widely used today 
  • over 150 pages of end notes, and editorial explanations that show how Lakota language has changed over time 
  • a comprehensive glossary with 6,446 words used in the text

This edition is meant to foreground and accentuate the Lakota original and make it more accessible to the contemporary audience, such as Lakota language learners and educators. Whether you are a fluent speaker, beginner, or an intermediate language learner, this book is an excellent resource for reading Lakota text.


The first print is OUT OF STOCK.

Future orders will be shipped towards the end of September.


*These stories belong to the Lakota people. They are in the public domain and are published for educational purposes.


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  • 5
    Ella Deloria book

    Posted by Diane on Sep 6th 2023

    Wóphila!! Líla waštéwalake. And dedicating the book to Kevin Locke is awesome!!

  • 5
    Lakota stories

    Posted by Nicoletta Zampriolo on Feb 27th 2023

    The ideal product for those who learn languages ​​by reading.

  • 5
    Lakota Stories

    Posted by John Badenhausen on Feb 17th 2023

    This book is a collection of stories in the Lakota language written by Ella Deloria, and presented in the orthography used by the New Lakota Dictionary and the Lakota Language Consortium in general. In addition to the stories in Lakota, there are many comments from the original author as well as from the editor. It includes a glossary of the Lakota words used in the text. As is noted in the introduction, it is most suitable for those who have a intermediate understanding of the Lakota language. For those who are less fluent, like me, it will take some focused study to be able to read these stories, but you will learn a lot of new vocabulary in the process! As I just got the book I have barely scratched the surface! There has obviously taken a lot of work in putting this book together. The illustrations are beautiful.