Wiċasa and Wiƞyan are often translated “man and “woman” without a complete explanation of the terms. They imply a position of honor. Wiƞyan means a woman has achieved a good education, maturity, and responsibility. The same is true for a Wiċasa (wiċa, “a male.” Ṡa, “adornment.” A man is no longer hoksila (boy) and a woman is no longer wiċinċala (girl) when they exhibit these qualities. It also means when you make a decision, you follow thru with it. Traditionally, a young man or woman must reach this status before they marry or before they plan to start a family. The outcome of that marriage is the sole responsibility of these two individuals. They have no one to blame for failures but themselves because they are Wiċasa and Wiƞyan.
Lakota Word of the Week
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All lessons in honor of, and from, Albert White Hat, Sr and his book
READING AND WRITING THE LAKOTA LANGUAGE
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