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Dakota Language Camp
Hands-on language learning
Learn about Dakota language and life ways from local experts.
A unique approach to language learning for both Dakota and non-Dakota children, the Dakota Language Camp provides an introduction to one of Minnesota's native languages. No classrooms here – all learning is through hands-on experiences of traditional Dakota games, crafts, songs, dancing and foods. Students will participate in setting up a tipi, then go inside to learn how it was used and furnished. As Dakota culture is rooted in the land, many words are learned during nature walks on the beautiful trails of Pond Dakota Mission Park, situated on the Minnesota River. Teachers with Dakota ancestry will also explain Dakota values and history.
This camp is held in the 40-acre Pond Dakota Mission Park, where the historic Pond House is located. The house was built by Rev. Gideon Pond, who with his brother Samuel, were the first to write down the Dakota language in 1834.
The Dakota Language camp is a joint venture of Bloomington Parks and Recreation and the Dakota Language Department of the University of Minnesota, which creates the program content and provides experienced teaching staff.
Learn more about the language camp
Check out the details on page 7 of the following Summer Programs Brochure.
Ready to register?
Registration for 2014 programs opens on Tuesday, March 19 at 8 a.m. Read about how to register on the Summer Programs brochure, page 5.
All registrations must include full payment, made by the registrant, of the $40 registration fee.
A limited number of scholarships will be provided by the Pond Dakota Heritage Society. Please call Jay Ludwig at 952-484-0477 for more information.
Scholarships may be awarded by the Pond Dakota Heritage Society within 2 weeks of receipt of application. Scholarships will be paid directly to recipients by the Pond Dakota Heritage Society. Recipients will have to pay the full amount for the camp, independent of scholarships.
While registrants can wait to register for the language camp until after receiving a scholarship, they run the risk of having the camp registrations fill up. Applicants meeting the criteria will have a good chance to get a scholarship, but it they are not guaranteed and will be dependent on donations gathered by the Pond Dakota Heritage Society for funding the scholarships.
For more information, contact:
Mark Morrison, Recreation Supervisor