In trying to determine the correct Lakota names for the months of the year, I came across many differences in naming; there could be as many as three or four variants per specific month. What I'd like to know is how these differences came about; was it different per tiyospaye, band, and/or division? And why? Did all Lakota know all the variants? (I expect there was a shared understanding.) Why are there so many differences? Is there currently a shared naming standard among the Lakota? Many thanks for anyone who can shed some light on this, Carlo
That is easy the different bands have their own name and it is due to locations like the oglala are located 400 miles south of the Sihasapa which means the season change a little sooner or later depends on if your in the north or the south. The language is very descritptive and it is what we see and if you are in different location you would see different events. It could be spring with the Oglala and winter with the Hunkpapa.
Last Edit: Mar 30, 2012 13:17:40 GMT -5 by ladonna
Thanks Ladonna, that is a logical explanation re. the differences between the divisions.
I would also be interested in an explanation why there are differences in naming within a certain division. There are, for instance, multiple name variations of a single month within the Oglala. My own hypothesis is that because divisional bands and tiyospayes lived apart for most of the year, certain interpretations and names may have almost naturally changed from band to band and from tiyospaye to tiyospaye.