Wóyake: Language in Lakota Art
A Celebration of Culture, Identity, and Language Exhibit
Open April 2024 – October 2024

Step into a visually stunning exhibition that delves into the many dimensions of language in the context of Lakota art. Each artwork in this exhibit is from the permanent collection of the Aktá Lakota Museum and offers a unique perspective on how language is used and interpreted.

At the heart of this exhibit are the winter count pictographs, a traditional form of historical record-keeping. These pictographs depict stories and events without spoken or written words, serving as a silent narrative. In contrast, other art pieces in the exhibit incorporate written words and explicitly reference speech, showcasing the versatility of the Lakota language.

One of the most significant aspects of “Wóyake: Language in Lakota Art” is its use of English and Lakota text. This dual-language approach highlights the resilience of the Lakota culture and its language, especially in light of historical challenges.

Beyond the art, this exhibition represents a deep reclamation of language and identity. It emphasizes the importance of preserving and embracing the Lakota language, contributing to the ongoing revitalization of Lakota culture. “Wóyake: Language in Lakota Art” stands as a powerful testament to the enduring spirit of a people determined to ensure their language and heritage are celebrated for generations to come.