WANBLI WIYAKA (Won-blee Wee-yah-kah): EAGLE FEATHER
To the Lakota nation, the eagle represented as a messenger, the winged one who took our prayers and presented them to the creator. The Wanbli (eagle) is known as the one with the ability to fly the highest. With this thought in mind, an eagle feather is given in honor of each step (achievements) as an individual (two-legged) grows and develops throughout their life time.
When one is honored with an eagle feather, it is recognition of one’s achievement however, they also carry the responsibilities with it such as, respect for one’s self and all around being a role model for the younger, caring for the young, the elder & the less fortunate, Striving in the best way to live the values of the Lakota nation. Wisdom, generosity, fortitude and courage.
One either chooses or in some cases an elder (maybe a parent or other relative) will choose a person who displays the values and virtues of the Lakota to tie an eagle feather onto their hair in honor of an achievement.
11/25/2020 11:08:25 pm
I would like to learn the language..
3/10/2021 02:07:56 pm
Does wanbli and wambli have the same meaning ? I read wanbli means eagle , and if that is correct , I meant to be sure “wambli” means the same. .
5/5/2021 05:33:27 pm
Teach us how to say "UNCONQUERED" or "UNDEFEATED"
10/7/2021 12:08:47 am
Thank you so much for your effort in preserving and strengthening the language, traditions and principles that make Sioux an eternal presence on this Earth. Many blessings to you and your family. I look forward to more posts in the future.
10/7/2021 12:09:58 am
Lakota is the word for unbeatable and I conquered. The seventh generation is rising.
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